Mary E. Drobka

Mary E. Drobka

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

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Essential Employment Policies for Family Businesses, Part II

In this second round of “must-have” employment policies, we focus on rest breaks and meal periods. It can be devastating for any business, but especially a family-run business, to face claims of non-compliance with wage and...more

5/13/2014 - Audits Best Management Practices Class Action Employee Benefits Employment Policies Exempt-Employees Family Businesses Non-Exempt Employees Rest and Meal Break Wage and Hour

FMLA Rights Extended to Same-Sex Spouses Based on Law of State Where Employee Resides

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently updated Fact Sheet #28F: Qualifying Reasons for Leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. For purposes of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the term “spouse” includes a...more

10/7/2013 - DOL Employee Benefits Employee Rights FMLA Residency Status Same-Sex Marriage

EEOC’s Tough Enforcement Stance Against Criminal Background Checks

Earlier this year, the EEOC issued new Enforcement Guidance warning private sector employers that they could face litigation unless they significantly restrict the use of arrest and conviction records in hiring, promotion,...more

12/19/2012 - Arrest and Conviction Records Criminal Background Checks EEOC Enforcement Guidance Strategic Enforcement Plan Title VII

Decriminalization of Marijuana – Impact on Washington Employers?

On Nov. 6, 2012, Washington voters approved Initiative 502 (“I-502”), which decriminalizes certain cultivation, sale, possession, and use of marijuana. The new law—which becomes effective Dec. 6, 2012—establishes a complex...more

11/13/2012 - Marijuana Medical Marijuana

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