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“(Wo)Man Bites Dog” in Alter Ego Case

In responding to an unfair labor practice charge alleging an “alter ego” relationship between a Union entity and a non-Union employer, an Administrative Law Judge recently ruled that a marital relationship between the owners of two businesses did not necessarily create […]

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NLRB Signals Relaxation of Joint Employer Definition

On September 13, 2018, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced that it will be proposing a new regulation that will make it more challenging to establish a joint employer relationship under theNational Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Joint employment status can have a significant impact […]

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The Meal Period Morass

On August 23, 2018, the Washington Supreme Court reaffirmed the maxim that “no good deed goes unpunished.” In Hill v. Garda CL Northwest, Inc., a class of armored car drivers and messengers filed a class action against the company claiming that they did not receive their […]

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NLRB To Revisit Employee Use of Company Email

The Trump National Labor Relations Board (the “Board”) has signaled that promanagement changes to the use of company email systems, and perhaps other types of communications on company-owned devices, such as
instant messages, text, and posts […]

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Coming Soon: New Washington Workplace Laws

The Washington legislature closed out its 2017-2018 legislative session by passing several new employment-related bills that Governor Inslee signed into law. Several measures were in response to recent high profile sexual harassment cases and the #MeToo movement […]

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Sharing is Caring: FLSA Amendment on Tips

The Fair Labor Standards Act requires that non-exempt employees be paid a minimum of $7.25 per hour and overtime pay at time and one-half of the regular rate of pay for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek. If an employee earns tips, the employer is permitted […]

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Employer Enforcement of Harassment Policies May Be Found to Violate Labor Laws

Most employers are aware of their duty to prevent discrimination and harassment in the workplace, to investigate any complaints about such conduct, and, if violations are found, to take effective corrective action. But what if the alleged harasser contends their discriminatory conduct was a form of protected concerted activity under federal labor […]

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Is Your Business Prepared for the #MeToo Movement?

Over the last several months, the phrases “#MeToo” and “#Time’sUp” have become synonymous with a call to action to stand up to sexual harassment in the workplace. Although the #MeToo movement does not appear to be slowing […]

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