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March 1 Is Rapidly Approaching: Deadline to Notify Your Washington State Employees of Paid Sick Leave Law

On January 1, 2018, the Washington State Paid Sick Leave (“PSL”) law went into effect, requiring that all Washington employers provide PSL to non-exempt employees. Details of the PSL law are outlined in our previous advisory....more

Update on Washington State Paid Sick Leave, Effective January 1, 2018

Beginning January 1, 2018, all employers in Washington State must provide non-exempt employees with paid sick leave under a new state law, Initiative 1433. The Department of Labor and Industries recently released its final...more

Seattle Secure Scheduling Proposed Rules - Public Comments Due by March 28, 2017

The Seattle Office of Labor Standards (“OLS”) has released proposed rules implementing the Secure Scheduling Ordinance. The Ordinance takes effect on July 1, 2017 and requires large retail and food service employers in...more

Seattle Secure Scheduling Ordinance Set to Take Effect July 1, 2017

On Sept. 19, 2016, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed the Secure Scheduling Ordinance, which applies to large retail and food service employers in Seattle. It requires these employers to provide employees with...more

Alert: Seattle City Council to Vote 09/19/16 on Employee Scheduling Ordinance

The Seattle City Council is expected to vote Monday, Sept. 19, 2016 on a highly controversial ordinance that would impose numerous and complex employee scheduling restrictions on certain Seattle businesses. Called the “Secure...more

Seattle Office of Labor Standards Announces “Soft Launch” for Enforcement of Amendments to Labor Standards Ordinances

The Seattle Office of Labor Standards (“OLS”) released guidance on Friday, April 1, 2016, announcing a “soft launch” for enforcing the new amendments to Seattle’s Labor Standards Ordinances (Paid Sick and Safe Time (“PSST”),...more

2016 Changes to Seattle’s Labor Standards Laws

In February 2016, the Seattle Office of Labor Standards (OLS) issued its 2016 Guide for Seattle Workers and Employers, which summarizes recent amendments to Seattle’s Labor Standards Laws, including Paid Sick and Safe Time...more

New EEOC Procedures Allow Charging Parties Immediate Access to Employer Position Statements

The EEOC has implemented new, nationwide procedures allowing a charging party and/or her representative to request immediate access to the employer’s position statement. More than ever, employers need to carefully consider...more

Ninth Circuit Ices Back-of-House Tip Pools

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld U.S. Department of Labor regulations invalidating tip-pooling arrangements that include kitchen staff and other employees who are not customarily tipped (often referred to as...more

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