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New Bill Gives Public Employees Two Unpaid Religious Holidays Per Year: What Does It Mean for Employers?

In this month’s HR Advisor column, Kristin Anger and the Attorneys of Summit Law Group, review the requirements of SB 5173 giving public employees two unpaid religious holidays per calendar year.
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Roles of the Mayor/Manager and the City or Town Council 101: Acquiring Legal Services (Jul 24)
How do local governments obtain legal services? With county government, it’s easy, since the prosecuting attorney provides legal services and prosecuting attorneys are elected officials. When it comes to cities and towns, though, the answer is not that easy. More from MRSC Insight.

What’s in Your Water Mains? (Jul 23)
“Ice pigging” is one of several techniques the City of Longview used to address water quality problems associated with older water mains. MRSC public works consultant John Carpita describes Longview’s program to improve the city’s water delivery system. More from MRSC Insight.

A Guide to Starting the Lean Journey (Jul 24)
You’ve heard of Lean and you are intrigued. This guide is a great resource for local governments that are considering Lean for performance improvement. More from GFOA.

Obama Wants Localities to Prepare for Climate Change (Jul 24)
The federal government will expand its efforts to help states and local governments prepare for natural disasters and climate change, under a series of actions announced by the White House July 16. More from Governing.

Tour Allure - Non-traditional ways to increase tourism rates and revenue (Jul 24)
Tourism can boost a city’s reputation, but it can also bring in a wealth of cultural and financial capital. More from American City & County

Cities Grapple with Regulatory Status of Ride-Sharing Companies (Jul 24)
Uber, Lyft and Sidecar have given people more transportation options, but municipalities are struggling with whether smartphone-based ride-sharing should be regulated the same as taxicabs and limousines. More from Government Technology.

5 Ways To Truly Change Your Management Style (Jul 24)
Are you leading through fear? If employees are afraid of you, they'll be reluctant to bring mistakes and problems to your attention. That ultimately leads to bigger problems, including a lack of innovation and creativity. More from CEO.com.

King County’s Wellness Plan Beats the Odds (Jul 24)
King County spent $15 million on its wellness program from 2007 to 2011 but saved $46 million in health costs. The program had sustained participation by more than 90% of workers, and employee health improved to a level above the national average. More from Stateline.

New Law in Effect Regarding Health Care Information Received by an Agency (Jul 17)
New legislation that took effect on July 1, 2014 amends Washington State’s Uniform Health Care Information Act (UHCIA), chapter 70.02 RCW, to address the unauthorized receipt and disclosure of an individual’s health care information. More from MRSC Insight.

The Ultimate Leadership Top Ten List (Jul 16)
Recently, l ran across several enumerated lists of various leadership attributes. There were so many to choose from that I set about to find what I’m calling “The Ultimate Leadership Top Ten List”: ten lists containing from ten down to the one single most important attribute that every leader should have. More from MRSC Insight.

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