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April 13, 2018

Insights

U.S. Supreme Court and Overtime Exemptions: The Landscape Changes Again, or Does It?

The cardinal rule of overtime is this: All employees are paid hourly, and are paid overtime rates for more than 40 hours of work in a week, unless an exemption applies. Most employers are familiar with the most common exemptions: administrative emplo... Continue Reading

April 09, 2018

Insights

US Department of Labor Announces New Self-Audit Wage Program, and Amnesty of Sorts

In early March 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a voluntary “Payroll Audit Independent Determination” program, or “PAID.” Under this pilot program, if an employer engages in a self-audit of its payroll practic... Continue Reading

April 06, 2018

Insights

Washington and Spokane Restrict Employers’ Use of Criminal Background Checks

In 2013, the City of Seattle passed an ordinance restricting employers’ use of criminal background checks in the hiring process. The City of Spokane and the State of Washington each recently enacted their own set of similar restrictions. This p... Continue Reading

April 05, 2018

Insights

Washington’s New Pay Equity Law

The Washington State Legislature passed new pay-equity legislation in the 2018 session, updating the state’s Equal Pay Act. Although paying employees differently based on gender has long been prohibited under various aspects of state and federa... Continue Reading

April 04, 2018

Insights

New Washington Laws on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, and Protection of Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Stalking

The Washington State Legislature passed a series of laws in its 2018 session aimed at protecting and empowering victims of sexual harassment in the workplace, sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking. These laws impose new restrictions and obl... Continue Reading

March 22, 2018

News

Land Use attorney Darby DuComb interviews with Crosscut and releases PSBJ editorial on the SODO parking battles ignited by SDOT and business growth

Due to increased growth, the outdated right-of-way management practices are creating logistical nightmares in SODO. The City of Seattle and businesses along Occidental and Utah Avenues are at odds over the rights to keep loading areas clear. Dar... Continue Reading

March 15, 2018

Insights

SFS Attorney and Legal Assistant Spearhead Successful Bar Association Dinner Meeting and Seminar

For the last five years, SFC senior counsel Robert Olson and legal assistant Laurel Barton have teamed up to plan and present an annual dinner meeting and mini-seminar for the members of the Construction Law Section of the Washington State Bar Associ... Continue Reading

March 15, 2018

Insights

Fifth Annual WSBA Construction Law Section Dinner Meeting – Another Success

The Construction Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association, under the guidance of SFS senior attorney Robert Olson and legal assistant Laurel Barton, held its fifth annual dinner meeting/mini CLE at Cutter’s Crabhouse in the Pike Plac... Continue Reading