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Washington State Now Offers Expanded Unemployment Benefits: The CARES Act And Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

Washington State Business & Employment Law Lawyer Babak Shamsi | 4/13/2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to large scale unemployment throughout the nation.  Washington State’s businesses and workers have been hit hard by the effects of this pandemic. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stability Act (CARES Act), which contains many provisions to help small businesses, including the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) discussed here:; as well… Read More

What You Should Know About The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Washington State Business and Employment Law Lawyer Babak Shamsi | 4/10/2020
On March 18, 2020, the federal government enacted the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which also includes the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA) among its provisions.  The EPSLA and EFMLEA apply to employers who have fewer than 500 employees, and cover new federal… Read More

Overhauling Overtime In Washington State

Washington State Business and Real Estate Law Lawyer Andrew M. McKenzie | 1/28/2020
For decades, Washington State left the its overtime rules essentially unchanged. But recent changes going into effect in July 2020 will dramatically increase the threshold for exemptions to overtime eligibility. When combined with the recent increase in Washington State’s minimum wage of $13.50/hour effective January 1, 2020, these changes will are expected to affect approximately… Read More

Seattle Office Of Labor Standards Announced Largest Settlement In Its History

the Lawyers at Beresford Booth | 8/19/2019
Today the Seattle Office of Labor Standards (OLS) announced a settlement with Leadpoint Business Services (Leadpoint) as the largest in the agency’s history. Leadpoint is an Arizona based staffing company that provided workers for two waste recycling facilities in Seattle. The OLS settlement requires Leadpoint to pay $686,202.00 in backpay, interest, and liquidated damages to… Read More

New Washington Legislation Affecting Noncompetition Agreements

the Lawyers at Beresford Booth | 5/8/2019
Effective January 1, 2020, this new law will prohibit all noncompetition agreements for employees whose W-2 earnings are less than $100,000 annually, and for independent contractors paid less than $250,000 per year. The legislation states that those amounts will be adjusted annually for inflation, just one aspect of this law which could pose a headache for… Read More

Washington State’s Paid Family Leave Program

Washington State Business Law Lawyer Andrew M. McKenzie | 1/31/2019
In July of 2017, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law legislation guaranteeing paid family leave to employees across Washington State. The groundbreaking move places Washington in a small group of states who have passed such legislation. While prior law generally mandated only unpaid leave and left many employees ineligible due to the size of their… Read More

Paid Sick Leave In 2018: Are You At Risk Of Not Meeting This New Requirement For Washington Employers?

Washington State Business Law Lawyer Babak Shamsi | 1/22/2018
In the fall of 2016, Washington State voters approved Initiative 1433, which made four major changes to state law:  (1) it increases the minimum wage; (2) ensures tips and service charges are given to appropriate staff; (3) protects certain employees from retaliation for exercising their legal rights; and (4) requires employers to provide paid sick… Read More

Criminal Background Checks: Controlling Risks For Employee Related Litigation

the Lawyers at Beresford Booth | 10/31/2017
Employers face increasing litigation risks from the wrongful acts of their employees as the law of negligent hiring and retention expands. Employers are potentially liable for negligent hiring when employing an unfit applicant who poses an unreasonable risk of harm to others. If an employer should have known of an employee’s unfitness at the time… Read More

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