Suzanne Thomas

Suzanne Thomas

K&L Gates LLP

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Predictive Scheduling: An Expanding Trend Impacting the Food Service, Hospitality, and Retail Industries

On September 19, 2016, Seattle became the second local jurisdiction to enact a “predictive scheduling” or “secure scheduling” ordinance that allows the jurisdiction to restrict how retailers and restaurants schedule their...more

10/18/2016 - DOL Proposed Legislation Retailers Wage and Hour Work Schedules

Getting It Right: Maximizing Yield While Minimizing the Risk in Hiring Farm Labor

Agricultural producers and processors throughout the United States face significant pressure to ensure their operations comply with federal and state labor laws. Increasing demand for U.S.-grown goods and local labor...more

7/18/2016 - DOL Farm Workers H-2A H-2B Hiring & Firing

Don’t Get Fooled on April 1 – Ensure You Meet the City of Seattle’s April 1 Deadline for New Employee Information and Posting...

The City of Seattle recently amended four labor standards ordinances: Paid Sick and Safe Time, Fair Chance Employment (previously Job Assistance Ordinance), Minimum Wage, and Wage Theft. The Labor Standard Ordinances are...more

3/21/2016 - Corporate Counsel Employee Benefits Hiring & Firing Minimum Wage Posting Requirements Sick Leave Wage and Hour Wage Theft

Ebola and Other Pandemic Outbreaks: Insights and Legal Considerations for U.S. Employers

According to the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), Ebola hemorrhagic fever (sometimes called Ebola Virus Disease, EVD or Ebola) is the disease caused by infection with an Ebola virus. Workers performing...more

11/5/2014 - CDC Ebola OSHA Safety Precautions

What Will the End of the Carbon Tax and Start of Carbon Trading Mean?

Draft legislation1 released on 25 July 2013 proposes terminating the carbon tax and bringing forward carbon emissions trading to July 2014. This article sets out some key features of what the move to carbon emissions trading...more

7/31/2013 - Air Pollution Carbon Emissions Carbon Off-Set Credits Carbon Taxes

Employers Beware

In what many employers believe is well intended but inappropriate interference by the Seattle City Council with hiring decisions, a new “ban the box” ordinance has been unanimously adopted in Seattle that will give criminal...more

6/24/2013 - Compliance Criminal Background Checks Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing Job Applicants

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