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Event: Executive Speaker Series on Machine Learning and AI

Is artificial intelligence coming for your job – or does this technology open up more creative pursuits for humans? Join the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce to hear from a panel of experts for a nuanced discussion on how AI is changing the way we live and work, potential applications for your industry, and how to address the risks inherent in this technology. Panelists will also share their insights on how the Seattle metropolitan region can stay at the forefront of this growing sector.

  • Event: Executive Speaker Series on Machine Learning and AI
  • Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019
  • Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: Microsoft Events Center at the Seattle Metro Chamber
  • Address: 1301 5th Ave, Ste 1500, Seattle, WA, 98101 (Get Directions)
  • Cost: $45 pre-paid ($55 as of 8/15) for members; $70 pre-paid ($110 as of 8/15) for non-members
  • Questions: Contact Betsy Paige at 206-389-7345

Panelists include:

  • Sridhar Chandrashekar, Co-Founder and CEO, Optio3
  • Ben Wilson, Director, IV Lab Intelligent, Devices Group, Intellectual Ventures

About the Executive Speaker Series: Our monthly Executive Speaker Series events each focus on a unique industry and feature top business leaders who discuss the successes, challenges, and opportunities facing their sector. The Seattle Chamber is the plan sponsor of Business Health Trust.

Event: Seattle Chamber’s Business After Hours Board Summer Social

Wild about networking? Join the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce at the Business After Hours Board Summer Social hosted by the Woodland Park Zoo! You can mix and mingle with other local business professionals as well as members of the Chamber’s Board of Trustees, and maybe even meet an animal or two.

  • Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019
  • Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Woodland Park Zoo, 750 N. 50th Street, Seattle, WA, 98103 (Get Directions)
  • Cost: $20 pre-paid ($30 as of 6/20) for members; $30 pre-paid ($60 as of 6/20) for non-members
  • Additional Information: Check out the Chamber’s Summer Networking Pass and save! This is a 21 and over event.
  • Questions: Contact Betsy Paige at (206) 389-7345

For more information, including the list of attending board members, please see the event listing on the Seattle Chamber’s website. The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce is the plan sponsor of Business Health Trust; learn more about Business Health Trust’s partner associations on the Who We Are page.

Barge and other maritime industry with Mount Rainier in background.

Event: What’s New for the PNW’s Iconic Maritime Industry?

Washington state flourishes in large part due to our thriving and powerful maritime industry. Statewide, our maritime sector contributes more than $21.4 billion in gross business income — and directly employs nearly 69,500 people.

Our regional maritime workforce, technology and priorities are evolving. Have you kept up?

On June 5, join the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce to learn what has changed and what is coming next for this iconic sector of the Pacific Northwest economy during the Executive Speaker Series panel on What’s New for the PNW’s Iconic Maritime Industry.

  • Date: June 5, 2019
  • Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: Microsoft Events Center at the Seattle Metro Chamber
  • Address: 1301 5th Ave, Ste 1500, Seattle, WA, 98101 (Get Directions)
  • Cost (includes lunch): $45 for members by May 28 ($55 as of May 29); $70 for non-members by May 28 ($110 as of May 29)
  • Questions: Contact Betsy Paige at (206) 389-7345

Leaders from the Port of Seattle, Vigor and Seattle Central College’s Maritime Academy will discuss the industry and answer your questions, including:

  • Stephanie Jones Stebbins, Managing Director, Maritime Division at the Port of Seattle
  • Art Parker, Business Development Manager at Vigor
  • Sarah Scherer, Director/Dean at the Seattle Maritime Academy at Seattle Central College

Moderated by: Molly Henry, Shareholder at Schwabe, Williamson, & Wyatt

The Seattle Chamber, the plan sponsor of Business Health Trust, offers the monthly Executive Speaker Series events to focus on a unique industry and feature top business leaders who discuss the successes, challenges, and opportunities facing their sector.

Photo of Seattle skyline and connecting interstates.

Event: Executive Speaker Series: The Future of Transportation

Hear from a panel of local experts about what the future of transportation in our region could look like at the next Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Executive Speaker Series. Panelists will discuss the possibilities and opportunities, as well as the challenges ahead, around the topics of high speed rail, autonomous and electric vehicles, and mass transit.

  • Event: The Future of Transportation
  • Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019
  • Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: Microsoft Events Center at the Seattle Metro Chamber
  • Address: 1301 5th Ave, Ste 1500, Seattle, WA, 98101 (Get Directions)
  • Members: $45 pre-paid ($55 as of 2/7)
  • Non-Members: $70 pre-paid ($110 as of 2/7)

Questions? Contact Betsy Paige at 206.389.7345.

Speakers:
Rob Gannon
General Manager
King County Metro

Loreana Marciante
Low Carbon Mobility, Strategy Manager
Vulcan, Inc.

Caleb Weaver
Public Affairs
Uber

More panelists to be announced!

Moderator:
Rachel Smith
Chief of Staff
King County Executive Dow Constantine

For more information, visit the website of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, the sponsoring association of Business Health Trust.

Keeping Up with Washington’s Paid Family and Medical Leave

Source: Archbright

Beginning January 1, 2020, family and medical leave will be available through a state-administered plan to all employees employed by an employer in Washington state. Funded by premiums paid by both employers and employees, family and medical leave insurance benefits will be payable by the Employment Security Department to employees during a period in which they are unable to perform their regular or customary work because of the need for family and medical leave.

Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave (WPFML) is funded by premiums paid by both employers and employees. Premium assessment began on January 1, 2019. The law sets the initial premium rate at 0.4 percent of wages. Medical leave benefits equal 2/3 of the premium rate and family leave benefits equal the remaining 1/3.

  • Employers are responsible for 55 percent of the medical leave premium.
  • Employees are responsible for 45 percent of the medical leave premium and up to 100 percent of the premiums due for the family leave.

Employers may elect to pay all of the premiums or deduct the employee portion of the assessment from employee’s paychecks. The amount of wages subject to a premium assessment is capped at the maximum wages subject to social security tax.

Employers with less than 50 employees working in Washington state are exempt from paying the employer portion of the premium; however, their employees must still pay the employee share.

An eligible employer with an approved “voluntary plan” may “opt out” of the state program provided the employer’s plan allows the employee the same or more generous benefits. Voluntary plans are paid family and medical leave benefits offered by employers directly to their employees, outside of the state plan. Voluntary plan applications must be submitted through the state’s online portal and approved by the state. If approved, voluntary plans can only take effect at the start of a calendar quarter and must stay in effect for one year.

The state is in the rulemaking process of this law, which means it is still developing the scope and content of the rules for the Paid Family and Medical insurance program. Archbright will continue to monitor the rules and update members as information is available.

As an online member of Archbright through Business Health Trust, you have 24/7 access to the HR Toolkit, a collection of hundreds of documents including policies, forms, templates, letters and guidance. This library also includes our comprehensive WPFML KeyNote and FAQ resource to help members like you navigate this complex new law.

You are also invited to attend our upcoming Virtual CoffeeTalk where Erin Jacobson, Staff Counsel, and Joy Sturgis, HR Advisor, will explore WPFML. Join us at this free event as our experts review the legislation and the scope and content of the rules that the State is scheduled to roll out.

When: March 18 | 9 – 10:30 a.m.
Where: Virtual CoffeeTalk – WebEx
Cost: Free

Visit Archbright.com to register today!

Model of earth with stethoscope.

Event: Executive Speaker Series: Global Health

Local companies are spreading our Northwest values abroad, harnessing technology and innovation to improve the quality of lives on a global scale. Washington state is fortunate to be home to world class research centers, and numerous global health organizations.

Visit the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce website for more information and registration details.

  • Date: Monday, October 29, 2018
  • Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: Microsoft Events Center at the Seattle Metro Chamber
  • Address: 1301 Fifth Ave., Suite 1500, Seattle, WA, 98101 (Get Directions)
  • Members: $45 pre-paid ($55 as of October 27)
  • Non-Members: $70 pre-paid ($110 as of October 27)

Questions: Contact Betsy Paige at 206-389-7345

Speakers:
Dr. John Aitchison, PhD
President and Director
Center for Disease Research

Dr. Toni Hoover
Director of Strategy,
Planning and Management
for Global Health
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Brian Neville
Controller and Director of
Global Accounting
PATH

Niki Robinson
Vice President, Business Development & Strategy
Fred Hutchinson
Cancer Research Center

Dena Morris
President
Washington Global Health Alliance

BHT Partners with Economic Alliance Snohomish County

Economic Alliance Snohomish County (EASC) has entered into a partnership with Business Health Trust to offer comprehensive, affordable employee benefits to small and mid-sized businesses and non-profits in the state. The Business Health Trust (BHT) program is available to companies with two employees or more. This program can help organizations create a benefits program that attracts talent and keeps your employees healthy and productive – at a budget you can afford.

The BHT program is one of many pivotal partnerships and programs offered through EASC to help support companies of all sizes in Snohomish County to grow and flourish.

Health and Wellness Benefits through Business Health Trust

BHT’s comprehensive offerings give employers a choice of over 20 affordable medical plans from some of the largest and most respected carriers in the state, as well as a wide range of additional employee benefits. BHT members also receive free access to HR resources through an online Archbright membership with the ability to access other services.

Your choices include:

  • Medical (5-199 enrolled employees): Premera Blue Cross
  • Medical (up to 50 employees): Kaiser Permanente
  • Dental: Delta Dental of Washington
  • Vision: VSP Vision Care Inc.
  • Employee Assistance Program: Wellspring EAP
  • Life/AD&D/Voluntary Life/Disability: LifeMap
  • Voluntary Personal Accident: AIG

Business Health Trust makes it easy for companies of any size to offer robust benefits packages to employees, including comprehensive plan administration, consolidated billing, online payment and access to benefits from their phone, PC or tablet for easy enrollment throughout the year.

Business Health Trust is a valued resource for small employers in Washington State providing the information and tools they need to design and manage a competitive employee benefits program, help their employees make good use of medical and wellness benefits and keep up-to-date on policy issues that affect small businesses in the state.

In line with the advocacy efforts of EASC, Business Health Trust also advocates for small business insurance needs in Washington. Business Health Trust was founded so small businesses and non-profits could offer their employees the health benefits they need to stay competitive, providing health insurance for groups whom might not otherwise be able to afford coverage.

For more information

To request a Business Health Trust quote, please contact your insurance producer or broker. If you do not have a broker, contact BHT at (206) 602-3558 or info@businesshealthtrust.com.

About Economic Alliance Snohomish County

Economic Alliance Snohomish County (EASC) is the countywide economic development organization and chamber of commerce in Snohomish County. EASC brings together private-public partners to create a unified voice for Snohomish County. EASC is committed to growing and nurturing a vital regional economy that is globally competitive. This is achieved by expanding partnerships, developing key resources and building the infrastructure systems creating local and regional employment centers. For more information about EASC, visit www.economicalliancesc.org.

10 Nutrition and Diet Apps for 2018

The smartphone in your pocket is a miracle of modern science. Its processing power is millions of times greater than that of the machines NASA used for the Moon landings, and it connects you to a worldwide network of over 3 billion people.

Today’s best diet apps leverage the power of your smartphone to help you take control of your nutrition and health through better eating. Kaiser Permanente tested 10 of the most popular weight loss app choices for Android and iPhone (iOS).

Here’s a breakdown of those choices, and a look at their pros and cons.

Photo by Luke Porter on Unsplash

Telebehavioral Health is Finding Its Niche

Health systems are embracing telehealth and digital apps to improve workflow and reduce costs around behavioral health.

Behavioral healthcare has long lived adjacent to the traditional delivery system of U.S. hospitals, but that’s changing as providers and payers begin to view patients more holistically.

In turn, a number of companies are betting on behavioral health, with a new twist using telehealth principles. Vendors Teladoc and American Well for example are stepping into a vacuum created by a psychiatrist shortage, providing complementary services to primary care settings.

Providers are exploring these offerings, and some are seeing a return on investment. But there’s still work to be done to integrate mental health into the larger healthcare delivery system. It’s helping that payers are getting on board, with a push to to combine behavioral health and primary care.

Read the full article at HealthCareDive.com.