Some employers have embraced the use of employment arbitration agreements as a way to manage and mitigate the rising costs, risks and liabilities associated with employment-related claims. Historically, employment arbitration…more
On August 27, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) announced new rules intended to improve job opportunities for protected veterans and people with disabilities. Under…more
Background checks are a vital tool in avoiding hiring problems and in limiting a company’s liability. With more than 65 million people in the United States having been arrested or convicted, and in the age of negligent hiring…more
Employers with a non-union workforce may be surprised to learn that their non-supervisory employees have legal protections enforced by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The NLRB has recently taken an aggressive stance…more
Yesterday, the Obama administration announced that it is delaying enforcement of certain parts of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) that were scheduled to take effect January 1, 2014. The enforcement date has been delayed until…more
Companies are getting a big surprise these days: Employees are leaving with their LinkedIn accounts and the company’s proprietary list of business contacts. LinkedIn is a well-known, business-oriented social media website that…more
On May 21, Governor Jay Inslee signed a new Washington state law that makes it unlawful for employers to require an employee or applicant to disclose social networking website usernames or passwords, or to force an employee or…more
Will Rogers once said, “Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else.” Employee wage and hour class actions and government audits are never funny. Just ask the president of a sheetrock company sentenced in…more
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 employees…more
On March 13, Portland became the fourth city to pass a mandatory sick leave ordinance, joining Seattle, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and the state of Connecticut. The new law takes effect January 1, 2014, but will likely…more
Although many of the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) were already in effect, the pace of change has quickened since the Supreme Court upheld the law in June of 2012. The law is composed of a…more
To mark the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) released the results of a study showing “employers generally find it easy to comply with the law, and…more
Originally published in BANKING MATTERS - WINTER 2013.
After circulating a draft to the nation in September 2012, three of the four members of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) voted to adopt the EEOC’s…more
Originally published in the Puget Sound Business Journal - December 14-20, 2012.
“Your employment jury trial scheduled next week has been bumped because of an ongoing criminal trial,” the attorney told his client, an…more
Prompted by many inquiries from employers about recent significant developments in workplace laws, Lane Powell provides the following overview on the Marriage Equality Act and the recreational marijuana initiative passed by…more
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