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 [..]
THANK YOU! to our clients and friends for voting us Best Attorney in the Northwest again for 2019! I’m proud to say we have placed in Best of the Northwest each year that there has been a voting category for Attorneys. We appreciate your support.
A new law, which went into effect on January 1, 2020, is making non-compete agreements in employment contracts a much more limited option for Washington State employers. The new law makes non-competes unenforceable for employees with earnings under a certain level, and it only allows for enforcement of non-competes if they are 18-months or shorter [..]
If you are an employer, you may be confused by what the new Washington State “Family Leave Act” means for your business. The Washington Paid Family & Medical Leave Act was signed into law on July 5, 2018 and went into effect on January 1, 2019. Employees cannot apply to receive benefits under the new [..]
We’re celebrating FIVE years in business this month! Limitless thanks to all of our clients, friends and community supporters. We have loved every minute of helping you to answer your legal questions and solve your legal problems before they start. We are looking forward to many more years of helping our clients and our community. [..]
When you are first contacting attorneys for help in any matter you might be unsure of how to go about it. Do you call and make an appointment? Do you just walk in? Can you just talk to them on the phone right now? Just as a matter of industry standard most attorneys will not [..]