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What Employers Need to Know About Washington’s New Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Law

On Wednesday, July 5, Governor Inslee signed a Paid Family and Medical Leave law with strong bipartisan support. The new state law, one of the most expansive in the country, provides for a total of up to 18 weeks of paid...more

Seattle Secure Scheduling Ordinance: Critical Questions Answered

The Seattle Secure Scheduling Ordinance will take effect on July 1, 2017. With less than two weeks to go, Lane Powell has been fielding questions from our clients on some of the nuances regarding implementation of the new...more

Seattle Secure Scheduling Ordinance Checklist - What You Need to Know

Final rules for the Seattle Secure Scheduling Ordinance were published on April 13 by the City of Seattle’s Office of Labor Standards (OLS). Although the Scheduling Ordinance and Final Rules will dramatically change how...more

Ten Things You Must Know About the Seattle Secure Scheduling Ordinance

The City of Seattle is gearing up for the Secure Scheduling Ordinance to take effect in July. Proposed rules have been issued and public comments are due today. Lane Powell has identified below the top 10 things that...more

What Employers Need to Know NOW About Washington State’s Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Laws

Elections matter for employers in Washington. Although the November election results have not yet been certified, Washington voters appear to have passed Initiative 1433, the ballot measure requiring paid sick leave and...more

New DOL “White Collar” Overtime Rule Blocked by Federal Court

On November 22, a federal judge in Texas issued a nationwide preliminary injunction against the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new overtime rule. The rule was scheduled to take effect on December 1. The court’s order prohibits...more

Washington Supreme Court Announces New Rule on Attorney-Client Privilege: Post-Employment Communications Between Corporate Counsel...

In a 5-4 decision, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled that the attorney-client privilege does not shield post-employment communications between corporate counsel and the corporation’s former employees. In Newman v....more

Don’t Wait: Review Your Company’s Arbitration Agreement Now

Many businesses ask their employees to agree to arbitration to resolve employment disputes because arbitration can be cheaper and faster than the court system. Arbitration can also be used as a shield to prevent the filing of...more

Attention, Businesses! Federal Law Provides New Tools for Protecting Your Trade Secrets

Your business’s formula for success may not be akin to a recipe for a secret sauce. But it is likely that you do not want to share with your direct competitors the unique business methods you have developed over time or your...more

Best Practices for Best Employers: How to Become a Best Workplace Starting Today! - August 2015

Top 5 Legal Developments Every Employer Needs to Know Now - Laws affecting employers are changing faster than ever. If you don’t keep up, you can get burned. Here are a few of the most recent big changes every employer...more

8/21/2015

Do You Know Where Your Data Went? Best Practices for Preserving Electronically Stored Information

A federal judge in Illinois recently ordered a large pharmaceutical company to pay nearly $1 million because when the business was sued, it failed to remind its sales representatives to preserve text messages. Last year, a...more

Wellness Programs Can Reduce Health Care Costs, But Can Your Bank Afford the Legal Risks?

One option is wellness programs, which provide employees with incentives to engage in healthy behaviors. These programs have spread in both size and importance. According to one survey, 68 percent of employers provided...more

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