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Obesity now recognized as a disability under WLAD

October 16, 2019

The WLAD applies to most employers in Washington.  Among its protections, the WLAD guards against discrimination based upon the presence (or the perceived presence) of a disability.  RCW 49.60.180(1).  What impairments are considered a “disability”?  Broadly, a disability is “the presence of a sensory, mental or physical impairment that … is medically cognizable or diagnosable; […]

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Paid Family and Medical Leave Filing Deadline Extended for Reports/Premiums

July 25, 2019

The filing/remittance deadline for Paid Family and Medical Leave 1st and 2nd  quarter reports and premium payments has been extended (yet again!)  Employers will report and remit premiums for quarters 1 and 2 between July 1st  and August 31st.  Employers will file two separate reports (one for each quarter).  There will be no fines or […]

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Preparing for WA Paid Leave in 2020

July 18, 2019

As employers and employees are aware, the new Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave program is currently being funded by premiums, paid by Washington employees and (many) Washington employers. While employees are not yet able to take advantage of these leave benefits, the state will begin accepting applications for the program starting January 1, 2020.  […]

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Ban the Box Ordinance

April 15, 2019

When crafting job advertisements, revising job applications, or drafting interview questions, employers should be aware that local and state laws now prohibit employers from making inquiries into an applicant’s criminal background until later in the hiring process. The City of Spokane enacted a “Ban the Box” ordinance (Ordinance No. C-35564) in June 2018; enforcement began […]

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Paid Family & Medical Leave: Revised Reporting Timeline

March 14, 2019

Employers began collecting premiums for the program on Jan. 1, 2019, with benefit claims set to begin Jan. 1, 2020. All employers will continue to withhold premiums as usual and submit payments and reports for 2019 quarters one and two between July 1 – July 31, 2019. To read more about this announcement, click here. […]

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Salary Threshold for White Collar Exemptions

March 12, 2019

Earlier this month, the US Department of Labor (DOL) issued new proposed rules, raising the annual minimum salary threshold for “white collar” overtime exemptions (executive, administrative, and professional) to $679 per week ($35,308 annually). This is nearly a 50% increase from the current FLSA salary level of $455 per week ($23,660 annually) but well below […]

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House Bill 1450

March 12, 2019

The Washington state legislature is currently considering a bill that would significantly impact an employer’s ability to use and enforce non-compete agreements with employees and independent contractors in nearly every profession, trade or business of any kind in the state.  Key elements of the bill include: Noncompetition agreements are unenforceable unless the employee earns more […]

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Registration Now Open for Supervisor Boot Camp!

January 29, 2019

Registration Now Open for Supervisor Boot Camp! Feb.  27th – March 1st | April 24th – 26th | Oct. 2nd – 5th        Many supervisors are promoted into their positions without any formal training in supervision or management.  Making the change from peer to the supervisor can be challenging for the employee and […]

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Legal changes taking place in 2019

January 29, 2019

Employment law remains one of the most consistently changing areas of law, and 2019 is no exception. Notably, Washington is looking at several impactful changes that will affect employers within the state: Minimum Wage Increase As a reminder, the minimum wage increased in Washington on January 1, 2019 to $12.00. In 2020, the minimum wage […]

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