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 […]


NLRB Overrules the Browning-Ferris Joint Employer Test

Employment

On December 14, 2017, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) limited liability in employment law cases by heightening the standard for what constitutes a joint employer.  In its 3-2 decision, the NLRB overruled its 2015 decision in Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc. d/b/a BFI Newby Island Recyclery (“Browning-Ferris”)[1] and abandoned the Obama-era expansion […]


I Want Him Out

Business, LLCs

“I want him out.” “I want her gone.” I hear this a lot from clients. They co-own a limited liability company (an “LLC”) with another person or another couple, and things just aren’t working out. They have equal voting power, or decisions require unanimous votes, and each side has a different, strongly-held opinion about how […]


The Awful Agreement

Business, LLCs

It’s an exciting moment. You’ve finally decided to do it. You and your friends are going to form a limited liability company and start your own business. You’ve put a lot of thought into this, crunched the numbers, and weighed the risks. It’s time. Once that decision is made, delays become painful. You’re ready now. […]


Seven Words that Scare Me

Business, LLCs

“Let me tell you what I did….” Nothing scares me more than hearing this from a client. I know that’s not the case for all of my fellow attorneys. In fact, I’m sure that it’s a litigator’s favorite phrase. For me, a transactional guy, however, it usually means trouble. Let’s face it, some things are […]


The Trump Administration Announcement to End DACA

Immigration

On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration announced the end of the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA.  Since 2012, DACA granted nearly 800,000 eligible noncitizens (including about 18,000 people in Washington State) temporary protection from deportation; employment authorization; and permission to participate in the Social Security program.  The people eligible […]