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December 07, 2018


Recommendations for Waterfront Program Planning and Design

Darby DuComb is a land use and real estate lawyer at SF&S.  Recently she authored an article in the Puget Sound Business Journal commenting on the Seattle Waterfront Local Improvement District (LID). Continue Reading

July 03, 2018


Fifth Consecutive Year SFS Named One of 100 Best Companies to Work For

For the FIFTH consecutive year Schlemlein Fick & Sruggs has been named one of Washington’s 100 Best Companies to Work For by Seattle Business Magazine. Continue Reading

June 27, 2018


Petition Filed to Appeal City’s Decision On Upper Level Signage at Pioneer Square Tower

Seattle-based real estate company American Life Inc. has appealed the City of Seattle’s decision rejecting a proposal for upper level signage at 255 South King Street, a new hotel and office tower in Pioneer Square. Represen... Continue Reading

May 11, 2018


SF&S Supports Page Ahead’s Book Up Summer Program

Page Ahead is a statewide children’s literacy organization partnering with elementary schools to give at-risk children the chance to improve their reading skills.  Continue Reading

April 13, 2018


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


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


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


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