New Wastewater Rule Reflects Increasing Environmental Regulation of Wine Industry

Environmental, Wine

The Washington wine industry is the second largest in the United States, with over 970 wineries in business and an annual production of approximately 17.5 million cases, according to the Washington State Wine Commission. As the Washington wine industry grows, it will to face an increasing level of environmental regulation.  Other winegrowing states, such as […]


Hearing Examiner Issues Decision in Favor of the City of Seattle Regarding Mandatory Housing Affordability

Land Use, Real Estate

On Monday, January 7, 2019, the Seattle City Council (“City Council”) began debating a proposed legislation that would allow for construction of larger buildings and the imposition of mandatory affordable housing requirements in twenty-seven (27) neighborhoods and commercial corridors throughout the City of Seattle (the “City”), including Wallingford, Fremont, Beacon Hill, Ravenna, and West Seattle […]


King County Superior Court Upholds Seattle Ordinance’s Cap on Move-in Fees and Security Deposits for Tenants

Real Estate

The King County Superior Court recently upheld a Seattle Ordinance that limits the amount tenants are required to pay for move-in fees and security deposits. Seattle Ordinance No. 125222 (the “Ordinance”), which was adopted by the Seattle City Council on December 12, 2016, limits the amount that landlords can charge tenants in up-front charges, including […]


New Labor Standards for Domestic Workers

Employment

On July 23, 2018, the Seattle City Council voted to approve the Domestic Workers Ordinance (the “Ordinance”), a new labor standards legislation for domestic workers. The Ordinance will guarantee Seattle’s minimum wages, rest breaks and other rights for domestic workers. It will restrict a hiring entity from keeping any domestic worker’s original documents or other […]


Immigration Audits on the Rise

Employment, Immigration

As expected, the Trump Administration continues to increase the number of immigration audits to verity the employment eligibility of employees. The federal government’s “culture of compliance” focuses on employers, with the goal of discouraging unauthorized immigration by limiting employment access to undocumented workers. This May, the Associated Press (“AP”) published an article confirming this sharp […]


What Happened to DACA?

Immigration

As you may know, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has been subject to many judicial decisions since the Trump Administration’s September 5, 2017, announcement to gradually end the program on March 5, 2018. On January 9, 2018, Judge William H. Alsup of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California temporarily […]


That Doesn’t Belong to You

Business, LLCs

With the relative informality of limited liability companies (“LLCs”), it can be very easy for LLC members to fall into the trap of thinking that the company’s assets are their own. I find this happens often with restaurant clients, with the members starting to look at the restaurant’s food, wine, and spirits as things they […]


Raids and Employment Verifications: An Employer’s Guide to Prepare for ICE Visits

Employment, Immigration

On January 10th, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”)[1] agents targeted nearly 100 7-Eleven stores nationwide in search of undocumented workers. The raids at the 7-Eleven stores are the result of the Trump Administration’s efforts to increase raids and compliance investigations. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that employers should take proactive measures in order […]