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May 25, 2021


Employer Options for COVID-19 Vaccinations and Masking for Employees

Employers have been in a difficult spot when it comes to employees and vaccinations for COVID-19. While many employers have expressed a desire to require masking, legal risks, uncertainty, and administrative requirements have kept many from imposing ... 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

April 04, 2018


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