Washington State’s Governor Inslee has just announced another extension to the Washington statewide eviction moratorium, this time extending the order until the end of March 2021. The moratorium on residential eviction actions in Washington State was set to expire on December 31, 2020 prior to the extension granted by the Governor. While final details of [..]
Unlike most of your personal belongings, your ownership interest in a small business is not easily addressed through basic estate planning, and special attention should be paid to how you would like your business handled if anything should happen to you, as the owner. If you own a sole proprietorship, your business and your personal [..]
Did you know that Washington State recently became the ninth state to allow for online, remote notarization of legal documents? Originally, the online remote notarization authorization was meant to take effect in October 2020, but Washington State’s governor put the new law into effect early, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting increased need for [..]
As Washington State continues to move forward with its re-opening of businesses and its economy as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have peaks and valleys throughout much of the state; an extended moratorium released by Gov. Inslee once again is leaving landlords and their tenants in a state of limbo. In March 2020, the Federal [..]
You may have heard of a “force majure” or “Acts of God” clause in a contract, but maybe you’ve never given it much thought… until COVID-19 appeared, that is.
While Washington State has started the process of re-opening its economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the future for landlords and their tenants is still somewhat uncertain. Here’s the latest eviction law update as of June 2020. The Federal CARES Act, passed by Congress in late March 2020, included a 120-day suspension on [..]
Navigating business operations during COVID-19 can be a challenge, but there are several resources to assist you. Washington State’s response to COVID-19 can be found at https://coronavirus.wa.gov/. It contains the latest news as well as guidance and links to other resources for handling the impact of COVID-19 on your business. The governor’s office has a [..]
One of the most common questions we receive from business owners is “What’s the difference between an independent contractor and an employee?” Categorizing a worker in your business as an employee or an independent contractor is an important decision, impacting minimum wage and overtime laws, employment security, worker’s compensation, and federal taxes, potential liability for [..]
Washington State has recently updated its Equal Pay and Opportunities Act. This update was passed to promote business transparency and to lessen wage discrimination. Under the equal pay act, as of July 28, 2019, Washington State employers are prohibited from asking potential employees about their wage or salary history during the job application process. This [..]
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