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WA Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave

In recent years, a wave of new laws has been seen in cities across the country increasing
the minimum wage for workers in each locality as well as requiring employers to provide
workers with paid sick leave. A number of cities […]

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The EEOC Issues Publications on Mental Health Conditions

Employers’ obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are often confusing and vague. Last month, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued two resource documents in Q&A format, which summarize the workplace rights of job applicants and employees who […]

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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 […]

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Seattle City Council Passes Secure Scheduling Law

With a unanimous vote by the Seattle City Council on September 19, 2016, Seattle became the second major city in the country to mandate employer notices prior to changing employee schedules. Championed by organized labor and employee rights […]

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Class Action Waivers Take a Hit

By Judd Lees and Jillian Barron In a decision handed down on August 22, 2016, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit–the federal court with jurisdiction over Washington State–set aside an employment class-action waiver requiring employees to pursue employment claims exclusively through […]

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OSHA Takes Aim at Workplace Drug & Alcohol Testing

By Nate Bailey Many employers seek to protect their workers and themselves by taking reasonable steps to ensure that employees are not under the influence of drugs or alcohol while at work. Some, for instance, require drug and alcohol testing whenever there is a workplace […]

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NLRB Once Again Overrules Precedent to Expand its Reach Over Joint Employers

by Judd Lees and Nate Bailey In our October 2015 Employment Law Note, we discussed the National Labor Relations Board’s activism in expanding “joint employer” liability to the employer-subcontractor relationship in its Browning Ferris Industries decision. In that case, a recycling facility that used a subcontractor’s workers was found to be a joint employer with the […]

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