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Public Employees Entitled to Two Additional Unpaid Holidays for Faith or Conscience

By: Washington State Employment Law Lawyer Elizabeth L. Van Moppes

In an interesting effort to accommodate non-Judeo-Christian public employees, a new Washington law, which took effect on June 12, 2014, gives public employees an additional two unpaid holidays per calendar year "for reasons of faith or conscience." The measure amends RCW 1.16.050, which had granted public employees one paid floating holiday per calendar year in addition setting out the legal holidays recognized by the State of Washington. The new law adds two unpaid holidays allows for accommodation of employees with holy days which do not coincide with state legal holidays. The bullet points of the new law are: 1.  Affected Employers. The...Read More

Washington Court Holds Employers Can Retaliate Against Indepedent Contractors

By: Washington State Employment Law Lawyer Elizabeth L. Van Moppes

An independent contractor truck driver named Larry Currier heard another driver “yell ... at a Latino driver ... ‘[h]ey, f**ing Mexican, you know why you have to go to Portland and I don’t? Because f**ing Mexicans are good at crossing borders.’” Currier also reports previously having heard other racially motivated slurs and comments directed at a number of minorities who work for the same trucking company. The truck driver who overheard the racial slurs reported them to NSI’s quality assurance manager. Two days later NSI terminated his contract. He subsequently filed suit against NSI for retaliation under the Washington Stare Law...Read More

Staying On Top of Child Support Payments In Washington State

By: BeresfordBooth

Managing child support payments can be an ongoing result of a divorce when children are involved. Unfortunately, it’s an obligation many parents struggle with. According to the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services’ website: “Currently, only about one-half of the custodial parents due child support receive full payment. About twenty-five percent receive partial payment and twenty-five percent receive nothing.” The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that there are 14.4 million custodial parents in the United States owed money for child support. This amounted to $37.9 billion owed in child support as of 2011. Parents must keep on top of...Read More

Richard R. Beresford Named Edmonds Professional Of The Year Award

By: BeresfordBooth

    Beresford Booth PLLC partner and lawyer Richard R. Beresford was named Edmonds Professional of the Year by Rotary Club of Edmonds Daybreakers.

Will The Court In Washington State Consider Income Of A Spouse, Partner, Or Housemate When Determining Child Support?

By: Washington State Family Law Lawyer Dimitra S. Scott

The short answer:  Maybe. The criteria for calculation of the parents’ basic support obligation arises under RCW 26.19.071(1), which states "[o]nly the income of the parents of the children whose support is at issue shall be calculated." After determination of the standard calculation, the Court is authorized to deviate from this calculation under certain circumstances.  There is no formula to calculate an appropriate deviation in each case.  Deviations from support are discretionary.  The Court must look at the total circumstances of both households, which, among other factors, additional household income. RCW 26.19.075 expressly prohibits using additional household income as a sole basis for deviation. ...Read More

Capital Gains Tax Rates For Investors For 2014 And The Net Investment Income Tax

By: BeresfordBooth

By Washington State Business and Real Estate Lawyer David Tingstad Short-term investment gains (that is gains for investments you held for less than a year) are taxed at your ordinary income tax rates. Long-term gains (that is gains on investments you have owned for longer than a year) are taxed depending on your overall income tax bracket. If your overall income falls within the 10% or 15% tax brackets your long-term capital gains tax rate is zero If you are in the 25%, 28%, 33% or 35% tax brackets your long-term capital gains tax rate is 15% If you are...Read More

Is It Illegal To Record My Ex-Wife’s Telephone Call Without Her Consent In Washington State?

By: BeresfordBooth

Yes.  Washington Law prohibits the recording of a private conversation without the consent of all persons engaged in the conversation.  RCW 9.73.030.  A violation of RCW 9.73.030 is a gross misdemeanor.  Consent shall be considered obtained “whenever one party has announced to all other parties engaged in the communication or conversation, in any reasonably effective manner, that such communication or conversation is about to be recorded or transmitted: PROVIDED, That if the conversation is to be recorded that said announcement shall also be recorded.”  RCW 9.73.030(3). Beresford Booth PLLC (425.776.4100), BERESFORD BOOTH PLLC has made this content available to...Read More

Article Written By Beresford and Tingstad Appears In Paradigm Magazine, A National Publication Of Primerus

By: BeresfordBooth

  Paradigm Magazine Winter 2014  Richard R. Beresford  David C. Tingstad                   The following article titled "The Value of a Lawyers Use of Sound Independent Judgement was written by Richard R. Beresford and David C. Tingstad of Beresford Booth for the Winter 2014 edition of Paradigm Magazine, a publication of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms.  Beresford Booth PLLC is a member firm of Primerus, an international society of top-rated independent law firms. We have all encountered the results of a poor decision made as a result of a limited perspective, lack...Read More

Updated Tax Information For 2014

By: Washington State Business Law Lawyer Per E. Oscarsson

Tax Information for 2014 With the New Year upon us, here is some information that may help you with your taxes.  STANDARD MILEAGE RATES 56¢ per mile driven for use of a car (van, pick up truck, or panel truck) for business purposes. 23.5¢ per mile driven for medical expense purposes or household moving expense purposes. 14¢ per mile driven in service of charitable organizations. Rather than use the applicable standard mileage rate, the taxpayer has the option to use the actual costs of operation.  Note that the business standard mileage rate cannot be used for a vehicle after using any depreciation...Read More

The Rotary Club of Edmonds Daybreakers Honors Richard R. Beresford As 2013-2014 Professional Of The Year

By: BeresfordBooth

Congratulations to Richard R. Beresford, Bereford Booth PLLC lawyer and partner, on his selection as The Rotary Club of Edmonds Daybreakers 2013/14 Professional of the Year!  We are very proud of Dick and of the great work he does for his clients and his community. In honoring Dick with this award, the Rotary Club of Edmonds Daybreakers wrote: "Your unanimous selection by a panel of Rotarians is indicative of your exemplary service to your community.  Rotary’s motto is Service Above Self and our objective is to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and...Read More