Emma Kazaryan

Washington Outlaws Pay History Questions


On May 9, 2019 Governor Jay Inslee signed a new law into effect that forbids employers from seeking a job applicant’s salary history or requiring that an applicant’s prior wage or salary history meet certain criteria.  Under the new law, which shall be known as the Washington Equal Pay and Opportunities Act, employers may confirm […]

Michael Spence

Governor Signs Sweeping Changes to Washington Landlord-Tenant Laws

Real Estate

On May 14, 2019, Governor Inslee signed SB 5600, a bill that dramatically alters the landscape of Washington residential landlord-tenant law.  The effective date of this legislation is July 27, 2019.  SB 5600 does not apply to commercial real estate. Residential landlords and property managers need to be well-versed in these changes, which are as […]

Emma Kazaryan

New Restrictions on Non-Compete Agreements in Washington State


Update: On May 8, 2019, Governor Inslee signed the bill into law. Last week the Washington State Legislature passed a bill that substantially restricts the scope of enforceable non-compete agreements.  Under the new rules, non-compete agreements will be unenforceable unless: The employer either (i) discloses terms of the non-compete agreement when making an offer of employment, […]

Samuel Winninghoff

Mandatory Housing Affordability Legislation Passed by Seattle City Council and Signed by Mayor Durkan

Land Use, Real Estate

On Monday, March 18, 2019, the Seattle City Council passed and adopted legislation which brings widespread zoning changes to 27 designated areas in the city. Mayor Durkan signed the legislation on March 20 and the bill will take effect on April 19. The new zoning updates are designed to increase housing density and affordability in neighborhoods […]

Onik'a Gilliam-Cathcart

Washington Close to Amending Child Pornography Laws to Address Teen Sexting


Of particular relevance to our public and private educational institutional clients, Washington State is closer to amending its child-pornography laws to consider the impact that technology and child development have on teens and the prosecution of such cases. HB 1742 would decriminalize or lower the penalties for certain types of transmission of teen sexual imagery, […]

Emma Kazaryan

Washington State Supreme Court Says Employers are Strictly Liable for Employee Harassment of Customers


The Washington State Supreme Court recently held that, “under the plain language of [Washington Law Against Discrimination], employers are directly liable for the sexual harassment of members of the public by their employees, just as they would be if their employees turned customers away because of their race, religion, or sexual orientation.”  Floeting v. Group […]

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 […]