BIAW Receives 2018 City Champion Award

BIAW is proud to announce it has received a 2018 City Champion Award in the Partners for Progress category from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC).

The award was given to BIAW, among other partners, for finding common ground to help pass Hirst and Foster “fix” legislation and for their efforts to ensure that city challenges were considered during the process.

In notifying BIAW, the AWC said, “This award recognizes the unique partnerships created to address the complex water resource issues that faced our state these past few years. Specifically, we want to recognize the outstanding work and collaboration that BIAW Government Affairs Director Jan Himebaugh provided to help with the Hirst and Foster water ‘fix’ and for your Association’s support.”

“We are honored to be an AWC award recipient along with all of the other partners. BIAW is pleased that we were able to find common ground and a mutually agreed to fix for the Hirst and Foster decisions. We look forward to continuing to work together on similar issues," said BIAW President Kevin Russell.

The City Champion Award – Partners for Progress will be presented by AWC at BIAW’s summer meeting in June.

Read the full press release here.

2018 How They Voted Legislative Scorecard Released

BIAW's biennial How They Voted incorporates voting records of legislators over the past two legislative sessions. The scorecard shows the extent of each legislator's support for, or opposition to, bills and issues important to the home building industry.

Check out the 2018 How They Voted.

Paid Family & Medical Leave vs. Paid Sick Leave
What You Need To Know

As of January 1, 2018, employers in Washington must provide nearly all of their employees with paid sick leave. (I-1433, RCW 49.46.200; 49.46.210) In 2019, employers in Wasington will begin paying premiums for paid family and medical leave. Starting Jan. 1, 2020, employees will be able to apply for Paid Family and Medical Leave benefits. (Senate Bill 5975, RCW 50A.04)

For details, view the PFML vs. PSL FAQs.

Check out the Employer PFML FAQs and the Employee PFML FAQs.

Download the two-page Paid Sick Leave Law fact sheet here.

View the complete set of Paid Sick Leave Rules (RCWs).

To help employers implement the requirements set forth in the paid sick leave rules, dowload L&I's Sick Leave Sample Policies here.

Download a one-page Paid Sick Leave Overview here.

For more information, please contact BIAW Codes Coordinator Al Audette or at (360) 352-7800, ext. 105.

Washington Uniform Common Interest
Ownership Act: What You Need To Know

The Washington Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act (WUCIOA) or SSB 6175 was adopted during the 2018 legislative session and takes effect July1, 2018. Based on the Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act, the WUCIOA will govern all Common Interest Communities, including condominiums and plat communities, created after July 1, 2018.

"Home builders that want to avoid the WUCIOA requirements will have to have the condominium or plat community created prior to July 1, 2018," said BIAW member and attorney James C. "Pete" Middlebrooks.

Check out the article on WUCIOA requirements in the May issue of Building Insight.

Also, read the SSB 6175 overview and the complete SSB 6175 bill.

If you have any questions about SSB 6175, please contact BIAW Government Affairs Director Jan Himebaugh or General Counsel Adam Frank at (360) 352-7800.

BIAW Announces Area 15 Leadership Conference

BIAW, along with the National Association of Home Builders, is proud to invite local association executive officers, staff and leadership to attend the 2018 Area 15 Leadership Conference . The two-day conference, with an Effective Communications optional training day, offers leadershop training skills designed to help you improve, empower, and reach your individual development and association performance goals.

Register for the Leadership Conference here.

If you have any questions, please contact Hillary or Brenda at (360) 352-7800

New HR Laws Impacting Employers Begin June 7
Learn What You Need To Know

BIAW has created two helpful charts that summarize two important bills that passed during the 2018 session. The first chart outlines the Fair Chance Act, which is intended to give applicants with a criminal record a fair opportunity to be hired by preventing employers from screening them out of the applicant pool before assessing their qualifications.

The second chart outlines Equal Pay and clarifies what is and what is not considered gender-based wage discrimination, and imposes new penalties on offenders.

Both bills become effective June 7, 2018.

If you have questions regarding these two bills, contact BIAW Government Affairs Director Jan Himebaugh or BIAW General Counsel Adam Frank at (360) 352-7800.

2018 ROII Brochure Cover

R.O.I.I.® Select brochure.

2018 ROII Printable Release Form

R.O.I.I.® Select Printable Release Form.

2018-19 R.O.I.I.® Select Enrollment
is Now Open!

The R.O.I.I.® Select team is currently accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Plan Year.

As the state's oldest and largest construction retro group in the state, BIAW's R.O.I.I.® Select has returned over $500 million in refunds to participating companies since 1982.

Retro is a safety incentive program with a simple goal: eliminate injuries through improvements in work place safety and preventive strategoes. However, if an employee is injured, help them get better, quicker, with a successful return to work experience. Do this and your business can earn a refund.

To find out if R.O.I.I.® Select is a good fit for your company, fill out our quick and easy
electronic release form or download the printable release form and submit it today!

For more information contact R.O.I.I.® Select at (360) 352-7800, or

BIAW's 2018 Spike Speedway Party: Welcome Race Fans!

It's not too soon to save the date for BIAW's annual Spike Party. This year's event will take place at the Red Lion Hotel Speedway, Pasco, on Thursday, June 21st. Rev up your engines and catch all the racing action, enjoy great food and win great prizes.

Sponsor opportunities are now available. Choose from Premier, Gold, Silver or donate a raffle prize.

Download a 2018 Spike Speedway Party Sponsor form here.

Thank you to Premier sponsor, New Tradition Homes, Pasco.

If you have any questions, please contact Jan Rohila at (360) 352-7800, ext.101.

The Economic Impact of New Home Construction in Washington State

Recent research and data from BIAW, NAHB and the US Census Bureau provide an irrefutable case for the benefits of home building. New home construction is a leading revenue and job generator in the state of Washington and, if encouraged, could lead the state's economic recovery.

Economist Dr. Elliott Eisenberg shows us how and why in this entertaining, interesting video highlighting the economic impact of new home construction in Washington.

New Home Construction State's Third Largest Employer

The National Association of Home Builder's Housing Policy Department research estimates the first-year impact of 13,825 new single-family homes built in Washington State is nearly $3.1 billion in state and local revenues, $729 million in state and local taxes and 41,000 jobs.

For the full press release Click here