Be Prepared for Reopening Your Business with COVID-19 Policies in your Employment Handbook

Coronavirus / COVID-19, Employment

Recent changes in law and best practice guidance from the CDC and local authorities require employers to adopt written COVID-19 related policies before returning employees back to the office. For a fixed fee, we are offering the following: COVID-19 Package: COVID-19 plans and policies including: a general checklist for employers an infected employee response plan a […]

Time to Diversify Your Corporate Board – It’s the Law

Business, LLCs

Twenty-Five Percent Threshold  On March 27, 2020, Governor Inslee signed Senate Bill 6037 into law, effective on June 11, 2020. Pursuant to Senate Bill 6037, a new section will be added to RCW 23B.08 (the Washington Business Corporation Act, “WBCA”), requiring all public companies in Washington to diversify their boards of directors by January 1, […]

CDC Guidance for Phased Reopening of Workplaces

Coronavirus / COVID-19, Employment

Recently, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) draft guidelines for a 3-phased re-opening plan were released and published by national news media. Although rejected by the White House Coronavirus Task Force, given the often conflicting guidance coming from the White House, it is likely these guidelines would be viewed by some local and […]

New Protections for High-Risk Employees

Coronavirus / COVID-19, Employment

Yesterday, Governor Inslee issued his newest COVID-19 related order – Proclamation 20-46: High Risk Employees – Workers’ Rights – protecting high risk employees (defined as older adults and people of any age who have certain chronic underlying health conditions) by requiring the following of all public and private employers in Washington State: Utilize all available […]

EEOC Guidance on the Impact of COVID-19 on EEO Laws

Coronavirus / COVID-19, Employment

On April 9, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission published a FAQ regarding the impact of COVID-19 on equal employment opportunity laws enforced by the agency, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act.  Below are some highlights: For purposes of protecting the rest of the workforce, what information may employers ask […]

IRS Issues Notice 2020-23 Providing More Relief for Taxpayers Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

Coronavirus / COVID-19, Taxation

The Treasury Department has issued Notice 2020-23, an update to Notice 2020-18 (and Notice 2020-20) which provided additional relief for taxpayers affected by the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic. The Notice provides an explicit list of Federal tax payment obligations and Federal Tax or other Form filing obligations due dates that will be given automatic extension. Under […]

Update: Families First Coronavirus Response Act Regulations Filed

Coronavirus / COVID-19, Coronavirus / COVID-19, Employment

On April 2, the Secretary of Labor filed temporary regulations for the implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Signed into law on March 18, FFCRA creates two new leave opportunities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSL) and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act […]

Governor Inslee Issues New Guidance for Real Estate Brokers

Coronavirus / COVID-19, Land Use, Real Estate

On March 27, 2020, Washington Governor Jay Inslee issued a memorandum clarifying the restrictions placed on the real estate and mortgage industries in his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The memorandum sets forth guidance and restrictions by which real estate professionals, sellers, and buyers can continue to operate […]

COVID-19: IRS Issues Notice 2020-20 Postponing Filing and Payments of Federal Gift and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax

Coronavirus / COVID-19, Estate Planning and Probate

Notice 2020-20 (an update to Notice 2020-18) has now extended the due date for additional tax returns. Automatic Postponement of the Due Date for Filing Forms 709 and Making Payments of Federal Gift and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax. The due date for filing Forms 709 (United States Gift and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Return) and making payments […]