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Survivor Benefits Under Industrial Insurance Act—Who Pays?

Employers are covered under the Washington Industrial Insurance Act, which provides benefits for on-the-job injury or disease and payments to spouses as survivor benefits. In certain situations, a worker who has worked for two…more

| Labor & Employment Law

Harassment Statute of Limitations May Stretch Back in Time

In order to get around the three-year statute of limitations for employer harassment claims, plaintiffs often attempt to connect relatively innocuous employer conduct occurring within the time limit with more egregious conduct…more

| Labor & Employment Law

Board Members May Face Personal Liability for Unpaid Wages

Washington has among the country’s strongest protection for the payment of wages. When companies become insolvent, employees often look to former company managers and owners to pay their earned wages. The recent decision of…more

| Labor & Employment Law

Board Overrules Dana Corp. Decision on Voluntary Recognition

Followers of the National Labor Relations Board who have been waiting for the other shoe to drop on the Dana Corp. decision, need wait no more. The National Labor Relations Board recently handed down a controversial 3 to 1…more

| Labor & Employment Law

Employer’s Attempt to Escape Union Agreement Unsuccessful

In these tough economic times, many unionized employers are carefully considering their options to get rid of union collective bargaining agreements. Many employers assume that by simply shutting down the business, collective…more

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Medical Marijuana User Not Protected from Termination

A developing exception to Washington law of employment at will is the tort of wrongful termination in violation of public policy. This narrow exception was recently tested in Roe v. TeleTech Customer Care, 171 Wn.2d 736 (2011),…more

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And Speaking of Rodents…

Even the workers at the Happiest Place on Earth occasionally find themselves in a labor dispute. Disneyland Resorts, which employ 2,100 workers, and UNITE HERE Local 11, which represents them, have been locked in negotiations…more

| Labor & Employment Law

Watch for Vicarious Liability for Employee Negligence

Employers are often liable to third parties for their employees’ wrongful acts. This liability is known as respondeat superior or vicarious liability. An employer can be liable for an employee’s conduct even when the employee’s…more

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Social Media and the National Labor Relations Board

Recent statistics suggest that employer discipline of employees for off-the-job tweets, blogs and Facebook postings is on the rise. Employers have justifiable concerns regarding loss of confidential information, as well as poor…more

| Labor & Employment Law

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