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"Employers Must Accommodate Religious Beliefs," Says Washington Supreme Court

In this month's HR Advisor column, Nate Bailey, Attorney, Sebris Busto James, discusses the Washington Supreme Court's decision in Kumar v. Gate Gourmet, Inc., holding that the Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD) requires employers to accommodate employees' religious beliefs.
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MRSC Rosters: Thriving Model of Consolidating Services (Aug 28)
MRSC Rosters continues to be a successful model of the consolidated service approach where now 372 Washington cities, counties, and special districts statewide, including over half of Washington city governments, use the service to efficiently and affordably contact registered businesses about small public works construction projects, consulting opportunities, and (as of December 2014), vendor goods and services. To learn more, register for the September 11th Overview Webinar. More from MRSC Insight.

New Court Decision Clarifies Vested Rights Doctrine (Aug 27)
In Potala Village Kirkland, LLC v. City of Kirkland (August 25, 2014), Division I of the state court of appeals issued a significant decision regarding the vested rights doctrine. More from MRSC Insight.

Airbnb: Regulation of Internet-Based Businesses (Aug 26)
With the popularity of online short-term home, apartment, and room rentals, pressure has mounted to regulate and collect taxes from these services, and even prohibit these uses, either in all or in part of a jurisdiction. More from MRSC Insight.

Sharing Economy Advisory Network Created as Resource for Cities (Aug 27)
The National League of Cities recently announced the formation of a network composed of business, policy leaders and city officials to identify the regulatory challenges posed by the disruptive technologies that power the sharing economy. More from NLC.

August 2014 Primary Elections: Most Propositions Pass (Aug 25)
The votes are (officially) in! The results of the August 5 primary election were certified this week, and I’ve updated MRSC’s new local ballot measure database to include the latest local government propositions. More from MRSC Insight.

How do I Learn What is Really Going On? (Aug 27)
Public executives and the parents of teenagers face a similar problem: They have a difficult time figuring out what is really going on in their organization--be it an agency or a family. More from Bob Behn's Performance Leadership Report.

EPA Provides Tool to Help Communities Become More Flood Resistant (Aug 27)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a new tool to help communities prepare for, deal with and recover from floods. More from the EPA.

Determining the Role of P3s (Aug 27)
To ensure that public-private partnerships (P3s) work in the best interest of all parties, governments need to go into any such deal with a thorough understanding of the potential cost savings, service quality improvements, and most importantly, risks. More from Government Finance Review.

Overall, Americans in the Suburbs Are Still the Happiest (Aug 27)
City centers and downtowns across the United States may very well be in the midst of a comeback, but according to the new Atlantic Media/Siemens State of the City Poll, when it comes to overall community satisfaction, the suburbs are still king. More from The Atlantic CityLab.

Estimating Bicycling and Walking for Planning and Project Development (Aug 27)
A new report from the Transportation Research Board, Estimating Bicycling and Walking for Planning and Project Development: A Guidebook, contains methods and tools for practitioners to estimate bicycling and walking demand as part of regional-, corridor-, or project-level analyses.

Counties Lead the Way with Open-Source Tools (Aug 27)
Four counties earned first place honors in the 2014 Digital Counties Survey, which recognizes leading examples of counties using technology to improve services and boost efficiencies. More from NACo's County News.

City Finances and the Promise of Data Visualization (Aug 27)
New tools that make it easy to find and view government financial data are enabling big gains in efficiency and transparency. More from Governing.

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