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Jeff James and Matt Lynch to Speak at WSHHRA Conference

SBJ Shareholders Jeff James and Matt Lynch will be teaming up once again to present at the Washington State Healthcare HR Association Spring Conference.  Jeff will be providing an update on changes to employment laws and strategies for avoiding litigation.  Matt will be speaking on the newly configured National Labor Relations Board and labor relations […]

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Best Law Firm and Best Lawyers

U.S. News has released its annual Best Lawyers® rankings of law firms and lawyers for 2018.  We are pleased to announce that Sebris Busto James received Tier 1 ranking amongst Seattle-area law firms in the areas of Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; and Litigation – Labor & Employment.  The firm also received […]

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Pilgrims Call Their Employer a “Turkey”

There’s more going on at Plymouth rock today in Massachusetts than a celebration of the landing of intrepid Pilgrims in 1620.  The employees who portray Pilgrims at the museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts are engaged in informational picketing against the Plimoth Plantation to enlist public support for the union’s bargaining efforts to raise wages.  The Pilgrims […]

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Darren Feider to Speak On Washington Paid Leave

SBJ Shareholder Darren Feider has been asked to speak at the monthly HR Roundtable of the Associated General Contractors of Washington scheduled for November 9, 2017 at the AGC Building in Seattle.  Darren will be discussing the requirements and impact of the new Washington State paid leave law effective January 1, 2018, as well as […]

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Judd Lees Speaks at Contractor Breakfast

Sebris Busto James shareholder Judd Lees spoke to contractor and associate members of the Western Washington Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors at their Business Breakfast on October 17, 2017 in Bellevue, Washington.  Judd provided updates on labor and employment laws affecting construction contractors and, in particular, changes since President Trump took office.  Of particular […]

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Victory x3

SBJ Shareholders Jeff James and Jennifer Parda-Aldrich have closed the book on a business tort case that began in the trial court in 2014 and ended in the Washington Supreme Court nearly three years later.  After being sanctioned repeatedly by the trial court, plaintiff’s counsel had sought to withdraw the case against SBJ’s client without […]

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Obama Overtime Rule Set Aside by Texas Court

The same Texas federal district court which temporarily enjoined the Department of Labor’s doubling of the salary levels test on the eve of its implementation in 2016 has determined that the Department of Labor lacked the authority to set the salary thresholds so high.  The rule would have doubled the salary level necessary for exempt […]

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Employment Jury Instructions to be Updated

Jeff James just completed work assisting with revising the Washington Pattern Jury Instructions.  Jeff was invited to join a “blue ribbon” subcommittee in 2015 that was tasked with reviewing the employment law pattern jury instructions used by Superior Court Judges and attorneys in employment jury trials.  In addition to helping to clarify and improve existing […]

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