BUSINESS BRIEFS: Free labor law seminar scheduled later this month … and other items

SEQUIM — The Department of Labor & Industries will hold a free labor law seminar at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30.

A department representative will provide an overview of Initiative 1433 until 5:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, 1441 E. Washington St.

The public is invited to attend the seminar.

The initiative, approved by state voters in fall 2016 includes changes such as employers providing most employees paid sick leave, increasing minimum wage over the next several years, and ensuring tips and service charges to appropriate employees.

These changes are slated to be enacted Monday, Jan. 1, according to a news release.

For more information, call 360-681-8756, email [email protected] or visit

Safeco award

PORT ANGELES — Erika Kerschner of Callis & Associates Insurance received a 2017 Safeco Achievement Award.

The award recognizes Kerschner’s “dedication, diligence, integrity and commitment to excellence and exemplary representation of the Safeco Insurance Co.,” according to a news release.

The Personal Lines Achievement Award is an honor given each year to about a dozen individuals at local independent insurance agencies that sell and service Safeco Insurance policies in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.

Kerschner joined Callis Insurance in 2013, is licensed in life-health and property-casualty insurances, and is also the resident Medicare and health exchange expert for Callis.

President elected

BLAINE — The North Peninsula Building Association has announced that its immediate past president, Kevin Russell, has been elected as the 2018 Building Industry Association of Washington’s president.

The installation banquet was held Nov. 9 at the state association’s fall board meeting at Semiahmoo Resort.

Family and friends — both personal and industrywide — were on hand to support Russell as state Rep. Mike Chapman conducted the installation oath for Russell.

Russell has been a member of the industry associations for more than 10 years.

As a builder and owner of Kevin Russell Construction, Russell has been building and remodeling homes in the greater Clallam County area for nearly 15 years.

He has held numerous leadership positions and served on local and state level councils, having served as the 2009-10 and 2015-16 Peninsula association president.

Russell and his wife, Niamh, reside in Port Angeles.

KONP talk guests

PORT ANGELES — Here is this week’s schedule for the 1:05 p.m. to 2 p.m. local talk show segment on KONP radio, at 1450 AM, 101.7 FM and on the internet outside the Port Angeles area.

Station General Manager Todd Ortloff hosts the Monday through Thursday segments.

This week’s scheduled lineup:

Monday: Master Gardeners Judy English, Jeanette Stehr-Green and Bill Wrobel take calls from listeners.

Tuesday: Port Angeles School District Superintendent Marc Jackson, Assistant Superintendent Chuck Lisk and Nolan Duce, director of maintenance and operations, discuss the proposed capital projects levy.

Wednesday: Pam Scott, Discovery Memory Care’s community relations director, and Kathy Buhrer, executive director, discuss free Alzheimer’s screenings.

Second segment: Sandy Lawrence of the Sequim Soroptomists discusses the upcoming Gala Gift Show.

Thursday: Closed for Thanksgiving. There will be special programming.

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