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“Obesity” Is a Disability in Washington State

Recently, the Washington State Supreme Court expanded the Washington Law Against Discrimination (“WLAD”) to include “obesity” as a disability. Specifically, the Court held that “obesity always qualifies as an impairment under the plain language of [the WLAD] because it is recognized by the medical community as a […]

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Rats, and Cats, and Banners (Oh My!)

The hoped-for “Trump effect” appears to be in play and is pushing the National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) pendulum back toward the management side of the equation after the Obama years. Among the changes on the horizon are a thawing of the definitions of […]

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Your Noncompetition Agreements May Soon Be Unenforceable

On April 17, 2019, the Washington Legislature passed a bill that would drastically alter the legal landscape for noncompetition agreements. Presently the bill is on the Governor’s desk, awaiting his signature. The new law, once enacted, will invalidate many (and perhaps most) existing noncompetition agreements in Washington, as of January 1, 2020 […]

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To Leave – or Not to Leave…

The Federal Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides for 12 weeks of unpaid, but jobprotected, leave for employees’ family and medical reasons. Employers often provide employees with other forms of paid leave that they can also use to care for themselves or their family members. Prior to 2014, employers would often require […]

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Is it Harassment? Workplace Gossip Is No Joking Matter

Few workplaces are entirely free from gossip and rumors. Employers typically consider such chatter an annoying but inevitable part of social interactions among their employees, something to be ignored if possible. Supervisors sometimes join in the discussions of other employees’ personal lives […]

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Partial Government Shutdown

The United States Constitution, in Article I, Section 9, states that “No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in
Consequence of Appropriations made by Law.” A related federal statute, known as the “Antideficiency Act,” makes it unlawful for federal employees to “make or authorize an expenditure or obligation,” or to involve […]

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The Corporate Survival Guide to Holiday Parties

For many employers, the company holiday party is as ubiquitous as the holidays themselves. Many organizations are privy to holiday party legends – some good, some bad. As the holiday season unfolds, companies throughout the Puget Sound region are once again preparing to celebrate […]

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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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