The EEOC’s Strategic Enforcement Plan for 2013 – 2016 provides guidance of how priorities will be approached. Employers should take note and review and update their handbooks and policies to ensure they are covered.
People dealing with development “impact fees” should keep track of House Bill 1652, which was introduced into the Legislature on February 4. The bill would significantly alter how development impact fees are collected by local governments
A number of secular, for profit corporations are owned and operated by members of religious faiths whose tenants and beliefs are inapposite to the mandates of the Affordable Health Care Act. This issue of conscience vs. legality will continue to reverberate for years to come.
Employers should be aware that last week the United States Department of Labor issued Administrator’s Interpretation 2013-1, addressing Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) coverage for adult children issues. This is the first Administrator Interpretation to address this area of coverage.
The US Supreme Court has taken up another key employment decision in University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar.
The American Taxpayer Relief Act enacted January 2, 2013 prevented many of the tax increases that were schedule to otherwise take effect on January 1, 2013. The Act will raise income tax rates for some high-income individuals, increase the tax rate on most dividends and long-term capital gains and also slightly increase estate and gift tax rates.
Yesterday the Washington State Supreme Court held that arbitration clauses in insurance contracts violate state statute governing the business of insurance and are void as a matter of law. Dep’t of Transportation v. James River Ins. Co.
Religious and education issue litigators take note: the Beckett Fund and Professor Michael McConnell of Stanford Law School have filed a petition for certiori in the US Supreme Court
In the realm of child protection, the prevailing wisdom is that an organization cannot be too careful in monitoring and enforcement of boundary violations in order to keep kids safe.
The Washington State Supreme Court has been asked to consider the constitutionality of the exemptions for non-profit religious organizations in the Washington Law Against Discrimination (RCW 49.60).