The SEC Wants to Look at Your Severance Agreements (and more)….

Employment

Publically traded companies that are subject to the Dodd-Frank Act should be aware of recent compliance actions by the Securities and Exchange Commission.  The ‘Securities Whistle Blower Incentives and Protection’ section of Dodd-Frank was adopted in 2011, but just last month the SEC issued a compliance warning after initiating a cease-and-desist action against one company.  […]


Ironic? Obama Appointee Stops New Overtime Rule

Employment

Surprise! On November 22, 2016, Federal Judge Amos Mazzant issued a nationwide injunction against the new Department of Labor Overtime Rules.  Scheduled to take effect on December 1, 2016, the new rules increased the salary basis necessary to classify employees as exempt from being paid overtime.  To be exempt, employees must meet BOTH the salary […]


Lauren Parris Watts

Washington Initiative 1433: What it Means for State Employers

Employment

November’s election told us more than who will be our president for the next four years; it also changed Washington State’s minimum wage law and added paid sick leave for employees statewide. Washington state voters approved Initiative 1433 which amends the state’s existing minimum wage law (RCW 49.46) to set minimum wage at $11.00 for […]


Does the NLRA Protect “Negative Attitudes” in the Workplace?

Employment

On November 3rd, a former employee of Trader Joe’s filed a charge with the National Labor Relations Board Regional Office in New York for violating the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).  Trader Joe’s alleged unfair labor practice?  Firing an employee who had been repeatedly warned about his overly negative attitude.  This Trader Joe’s store is […]


Emma Kazaryan

Defeat of the Non-Compete

Employment

When I was in high school, I worked part-time at a clothing store that had a fantastic employee discount.  How great would it be, high-school-me mused, to capitalize on employee discounts at all my favorite stores by getting several jobs at the mall.  There was only one problem: when I started my job at the […]


Emma Kazaryan

The Scariest Costume on Halloween is One Worn in the Workplace

Employment

Some employers allow employees to wear costumes on Halloween as a treat; unfortunately, it can turn into a trick-y situation.  Halloween costumes can often be either gory, racy, or offensive: any of the three should scare employers. Employers can be liable for costumes that make fun of protected characteristics such as disability status, race, or […]


Lauren Parris Watts

Changes to Scheduling for Seattle “On-Call” Workers

Employment

Following in the footsteps of San Francisco,  the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a “secure scheduling” law to regulate how large retailers and food-service employers schedule their workers. As we advised last month, the new law will apply to large retailers and fast-food, coffee and drinking establishments with 500 or more employees worldwide, as well […]


Lauren Parris Watts

Statewide Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave: What You Should Know

Employment

The Presidential election is not the only reason to go to the polls this November. There are many non-Presidential candidates as well as issues on this year’s ballot, including Initiative 1433—a statewide initiative on minimum wage and paid sick leave. I-1433 is a labor-backed initiative aimed at: (1) raising Washington state’s minimum wage to $13.50 […]


Lauren Parris Watts

Taking Care of Your Loved Ones with a Caretaker Agreement

Employment

The person providing personal, in-home senior or adult care for your loved ones is considered a domestic employee, and it is important that you memorialize his or her duties and responsibilities as well as the terms of employment (e.g. duties, compensation, benefits, transportation, etc.) in an employment contract. Domestic employees come with many potential issues […]