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 […]

Onik'a Gilliam-Cathcart

Gender Identity No Longer Protected Under Title VII


Following close on the heels of other Obama administration-era rollbacks (see Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s recent announcement rescinding prior guidance as to the standard of proof to be applied under Title IX), Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced yesterday that it is the Department of Justice’s position under President Donald Trump that it will no longer interpret […]

Liability for School Shootings


Recently, a 15 year old high school sophomore, fatally shot another student, Sam Strahan and wounded three others at Freeman High School in Rockford, Washington.  The shooter brought a handgun and an assault rifle to school in a duffel bag he carried on to the school bus.  The assault rifle jammed when he tried to […]

The Trump Administration Announcement to End DACA


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 […]

Emma Kazaryan

The Enjoined DOL Overtime Rules Have Been Struck Down


Back in November, we reported that a federal judge in Texas issued an injunction blocking the implementation of the Department of Labor’s new overtime rules (the rules increased the minimum salary threshold for overtime exemption).  The rules were set to become law on January 1, 2017 but the injunction still applied at that time so […]

Workplace Compliance: I-9 Guidance for Employers of DACA Recipients


On June 15, 2012, President Barack Obama issued an executive order called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  Since 2012, DACA has allowed nearly 800,000 eligible noncitizens who were brought to the U.S. as children to apply for two years’ protection from deportation/removal, as well as employment authorization.  While the future of DACA is still […]

Emma Kazaryan

Ninth Circuit Holds that Employers May Use Salary History To Pay Men and Women Differently


Last month the Ninth Circuit held that employers may legally inquire into an employee’s or prospective employee’s salary history and use that information to pay men and women differently for the same work.  Despite the Ninth Circuit’s ruling, employers with a practice or policy of inquiring into applicants’ prior salaries should review their policies and […]