Archive For: Employment Advice & Counseling

New Washington Legislation Affecting Noncompetition Agreements

Posted: May 8, 2019

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

The Washington state legislature has passed, and Governor Inslee is expected to soon sign into law, legislation that will significantly limit noncompete clauses in contracts between businesses, their employees and independent contractors.

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...Read More

Unconscious Bias In Workplace Investigations

Posted: Apr 4, 2019

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

Elizabeth (Beth) L. Van Moppes recently wrote an article for the April 2019 Washington State Bar Bulletin on the impact that unconscious bias can have on a workplace investigator's determinations and how to best fight those innate human biases. She states that implicit prejudice can have the greatest influence in an investigator's decisions about credibility. However, it also plays out in less obvious ways that the more readily identifiable immutable characteristics of traditionally disadvantaged groups like color, race, age, gender, ethnicity, and religion. Among the effects and influences that investigators can have upon their investigators, studies...Read More

Damages And Attorney’s Fees Under The Washington Consumer Protection Act

Posted: Feb 28, 2019

By: Washington State Business Law and Litigation Lawyer Andrew M. McKenzie

What is the Washington CPA?

The Washington Legislature in 1961 enacted the Consumer Protection Act (“CPA”), (RCW 19.86), to protect consumers from unfair or deceptive trade and business practices. Historically, consumers were responsible under the old legal maxim of “caveat emptor,” or “buyer beware,” which required a high level of diligence and investigation on the part of the consumer to protect themselves in business dealings.  The CPA changed that rule and effectively imposed on businesses a standard of fair and honest dealing.

In general, establishing a CPA claim requires satisfying five elements, namely an unfair or...Read More

Washington State’s Paid Family Leave Program

Posted: Jan 31, 2019

By: Washington State Business Law Lawyer Andrew M. McKenzie

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 employers, the new law will cover nearly all employees in Washington who have worked at least 820 hours in employment during the qualifying period.  The law will offer the most generous paid leave plan in the country with a minimum of 12...Read More

Five Danger Zones Of Management Training

Posted: Sep 10, 2018

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

Five key moments occur between management and employees that simultaneously are the most vulnerable to danger and offer the most opportunity to build a positive relationship. Beth Van Moppes calls these The Five Danger Zones of Management. These interactions happen when an employee is the most exposed and thus the most wary of management. As a result, how you, the manager, handle the situation, can make or break the relationship. Break it and it could become a large part of that employee’s lawsuit against your business.

 

The Five Danger Zones are:

  1. Hiring
  2. Performance Management (Spontaneous & Planned)
  3. Complaints
  4. Leave & Accommodations
  5. ...Read More

Management Anti-Harassment Training

Posted: Sep 10, 2018

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

If you are an employer or a manager, the flood of #MeToo news should have you thinking about potential pitfalls hiding in your workplace culture. Training your managers and yourself is your best tool for uncovering issues and preventing others from developing. It is also your best defense against lawsuits.

Here’s how Beresford Booth can help:

On Tuesday, October 16th, beginning at 10:30 a.m.Beth Van Moppes will be conducting a 90-minute Management Anti-Harassment Training Class. You can attend from your own office via a real-time interactive video broadcast or you can attend on-site at our offices in Edmonds. Cost is $100.00 for...Read More

NW Lawyer On WSBA Panel With Beth Van Moppes: “Decoding The Law,” Sexual Harassment & #Metoo

Posted: Aug 20, 2018

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

Elizabeth Van Moppes participated in a panel conversation hosted by the Washington State Bar Association (“WSBA”) this past March. Carrie Blackwood, Jamal Whitehead, Marilyn Watkins, and Ceci Lopez also participated, ensuring that all sides of the discussion were present for a lively afternoon. A primary focus of Ms. Van Moppes's contribution included what to expect if you are participating in a workplace investigation.

Excerpts from that panel (“Sexual Harassment --- How is #MeToo transforming the workplace?”) are featured in WSBA’s July publication of NWLawyer.

Article from NWLawyer

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Five Danger Zones Of Management Training

Posted: May 22, 2018

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

Five key moments occur between management and employees that simultaneously are the most vulnerable to danger and offer the most opportunity to build a positive relationship. Beth Van Moppes calls these The Five Danger Zones of Management. These interactions happen when an employee is the most exposed and thus the most wary of management. As a result, how you, the manager, handle the situation, can make or break the relationship. Break it and it could become a large part of that employee’s lawsuit against your business.

 

The Five Danger Zones are:

  1. Hiring
  2. Performance Management (Spontaneous...Read More

Management Anti-Harassment Training

Posted: May 17, 2018

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

If you are an employer or a manager, the flood of #MeToo news should have you thinking about potential pitfalls hiding in your workplace culture. Training your managers and yourself is your best tool for uncovering issues and preventing others from developing. It is also your best defense against lawsuits.

Here’s how Beresford Booth can help:

On Tuesday, June 12th, beginning at 10:30 a.m.Beth Van Moppes will be conducting a 90-minute Management Anti-Harassment Training Class.

You can attend from your own office via a real-time interactive video broadcast or you can attend on-site at our offices in Edmonds.
Cost is $100.00 for the...Read More

Van Moppes Authors 2017 Washington Deskbook Chapter on Workplace Investigations in Litigation

Posted: Mar 14, 2018

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

Elizabeth Van Moppes recently authored the 2017 Washington State Association for Justice Employment Law Deskbook Chapter on the Role of Workplace Investigations in Employment Law Claims. Available to WSAJ members only, this Deskbook and, specifically the Investigations Chapter, is designed to assist employment law litigators in their practice, with an investigator’s approach to the task at hand.

Within the Investigations Chapter, Ms. Van Moppes utilizes her years of experience conducting independent investigations, and the training available from the Association of Workplace Investigators, to provide the litigator with an outline for analyzing an investigation’s role in an employment...Read More

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