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Thursday June 27, 2019
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Proposed Washington state rule would restore
labor protections for thousands of overtime-
exempt workers
Olympia, WA– The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has formally filed a
proposed rule that would restore overtime protections for thousands of Washington workers. The
proposed changes would significantly increase the minimum amount employees must earn before they
can be exempt from receiving overtime pay.
The proposal also updates the test used to determine who qualifies for the overtime exemption, and more
closely aligns the state rule with federal standards...
On the opposite spectrum of high blood pressure (as discussed in last month’s issue) is low
blood pressure, also known as hypotension...
AG Ferguson secures $5.1M in relief for more than 500
Washington students scammed by lender affiliated with
shuttered for-profit college

Student CU Connect continued to issue loans despite ITT expecting
more than 60 percent would default

OLYMPIA,WA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that as a result of an
investigation, Student CU Connect LLC (CUSO) will provide debt relief for 100 percent of its
student loans for deceiving ITT Technical Institute students when it issued loans.
   ITT Technical Institute (ITT Tech) was a for-profit college that abruptly closed all of its 149
campuses in September 2016, including campuses in Seattle, Everett and Spokane Valley. CUSO
must provide a total of $5.1 million in student loan debt relief to 538 Washington borrowers who
attended ITT Tech. The median amount of debt relief Washington borrowers will receive is $6,096.
Nationally, CUSO will discharge $168.2 million in loans....
Inslee announces $5.8 million in grants for local
communities to improve lives of families facing poverty
Gov. Jay Inslee announced $5.8 million in grants today to fight poverty in Washington state. The
grants, awarded from the Governor’s federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
Statewide Activities fund, will support organizations in four local Workforce Development Areas
(WDAs) who are developing plans and sustainable activities to improve the lives of families to
above 200 percent of federal poverty level (FPL).           
“These grants will make a tremendous difference for thousands of people in communities all over
Washington,” Inslee said. “They will empower local areas to build sustainable models and creative
partnerships to address the needs of families and others who experience poverty.”

USCIS Strengthens Guidance for Spousal Petitions
Involving Minors
WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced additional
guidance regarding the adjudication of spousal petitions involving minors, following up on the agency’
s February update to its policy.
The guidance, published as an update to the USCIS Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM), instructs
officers to conduct an additional interview for certain I-130 spousal petitions involving a minor...more
Fentanyl deaths increasing in WA;
tests find it in more powders and pills
Opioid users urged to take steps to protect themselves
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Jobs ACLU of Washington! These positions are based in Seattle.

Political Strategies Assistant, application deadline – June 28: https://www.aclu-wa.org/pages/political-strategies-assistant-0

Policy Advocacy Assistant, application deadline – July 11: https://www.aclu-wa.org/pages/policy-advocacy-assistant

Senior Staff Attorney, application deadline – August 7: https://www.aclu-wa.org/pages/senior-staff-attorney
Washington State Governor signs law strengthening
MMR immunization requirements
VANCOUVER, WA – Governor Jay Inslee signed EHB 1638, updating Washington state’s school and
child care immunization requirements to remove the personal/philosophical exemption for the measles,
mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine..
Keys to avoiding home rental scams

by Colleen Tressler
Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

Need more space than an apartment, condo or townhouse can offer, but not ready to buy? A
single-family home rental may fit the bill. But not all home rental listings are legit, so here are
some tip-offs and tools to help you avoid a rental scam.
REAL ID  what you need to know about the
upcoming Changes
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Here’s a list of organizations that are mobilizing to
help the influx of immigrants crossing the Texas-
Mexico border
Government agencies are grappling to respond to the number of immigrants coming into the country. Many tax-
funded shelters housing immigrants are overcrowded, and there are reports some have substandard living
conditions. We’ve compiled a list of organizations that are mobilizing to help.

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