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Biden’s Vaccination Plan, And What Employers Should Expect

Washington State Employment Law Lawyer Laura Y. Davis | 9/15/2021
UPDATE: On October 12, 2021, OSHA provided President Biden with a draft of the emergency temporary standard that is referenced below.  It is expected that the White House will review this standard shortly, and if approved, it will be published to the Federal Register.  Washington has its own OSHA-approved occupational safety and health plan administered… Read More

Due Diligence And Employment Issues In Transactional Matters: The Lessons Of Clarity Capital Corp. v. Ryan, Newman, & Salish Wealth Mgmt.

Washington State Business and Real Estate Lawyer David C. Tingstad and Washington State Employment Law Lawyer Laura Y. Davis | 8/31/2021
In the context of a business combination—whether it is an asset purchase, stock purchase, or merger—due diligence is critical to establishing and maintaining value.  A recent case from the Washington Court of Appeals (Clarity Capital Corp. v. Ryan, Newman, & Salish Wealth Mgmt.), though unpublished, highlights a couple of lessons when it comes to due… Read More

Talking To Employees About Performance: Some Best Practices

Washington State Employment Law Lawyer Laura Y. Davis | 7/27/2021
If you manage or own a business with employees, you have likely faced (or will face) the need to address poor employee performance. This task is neither fun nor comfortable. Keep in mind, however, that providing honest, routine feedback can help protect employers from liability down the line, especially if the employment relationship goes sour. … Read More

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

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