Karen Kalzer

What You Should Know About the Proposed Title IX Regulations

Education

By and large, independent schools are not subject to Title IX and its guidance regarding sexual misconduct complaints.  However, often our parents have Title IX-like expectations.  Under the Obama administration, more aggressive enforcement was the norm and the parent expectation.  Education Secretary Betsy DeVos rescinded those guidelines in 2017.  On Friday, November 16, 2018, the […]


Karen Kalzer

Washington Human Rights Commission Task Force Publishes Model Procedures and Best Practices

Employment

The Washington Human Rights Commission Task Force published its draft Model Procedures and Best Practices (“Model Procedures”) to address sexual harassment in the workplace today,  November 5.  These draft Model Policies and Procedures can be found at here. Comments on the proposed Model Procedures are being accepted until November 30, 2018 at shpolicycomments@hum.wa.gov.  The proposed […]


Karen Kalzer

EEOC Issues Workplace Guidance for Addressing Mental Health Conditions

Employment

On December 12, 2016 the EEOC issued new guidance to covered employers regarding accommodating mental health conditions under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The new guidance makes clear that the EEOC regards certain mental health conditions as easily qualifying for a duty of reasonable accommodations.  These qualifying conditions include: major Depression, Post Traumatic Stress […]


Karen Kalzer

Reminder – New DOL Overtime Rules NOT in Effect

Employment

Helsell Fetterman wishes to remind all clients that the new regulations scheduled to go into effect today, December 1, WILL NOT go into effect today.  A Federal Judge in Texas issued an injunction last week blocking the implementation.  This injunction is nationwide.  It is unclear whether the regulations will be revived given the current political […]


Karen Kalzer

City of Seattle Proposes Secure Scheduling Ordinance

Employment

We alerted attendees of our Spring Employment Breakfast that the City of Seattle was conducting a survey regarding shift scheduling to consider implementing regulations surrounding shift scheduling.  On August 9, the City issued its proposed regulations.  Many businesses will find them onerous; at this time, the proposed regulations, if adopted, will apply only to quick […]


Karen Kalzer

Washington Court Broadens Definition of “Workers”

Employment

As our blog followers and Breakfast attendees know, the Helsell Fetterman Employment & Labor Law group has been addressing the dangers of misclassification of employees as independent contractors, and increasingly strict interpretations of who is an independent contractor.  This trend is further exemplified in the new case handed down by the Washington State Supreme Court, […]


Karen Kalzer

New Requirements Under Seattle Labor Ordinances

Employment

The City of Seattle has approved a comprehensive set of amendments, the 2015 Wage Theft Prevention and Labor Standards Harmonization Ordinance to Seattle’s labor standards laws.  While effective as of April 1, 2016, many of these new requirements are in “soft launch”, that is, there will be no enforcement or penalty until September 1, 2016. Some of […]


Karen Kalzer

Can I Still Fire Someone for Marijuana Use?

Employment

Employers frequently inquire as to whether they can discharge an employee for marijuana use in Washington, a state which allows for legal medical and recreational use of marijuana, and we affirm that they can do so if acting in accord with their stated policies and if applied in a non-discriminatory manner.