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Can Employers in Washington State Require Employees to Vaccinated Against Covid-19?

As vaccination against Covid-19 rolls out, employers want to know if they can require employees to get vaccinated. In Washington State, the short answer is, yes, but employers must do so in ways that comply with wage-and-hour rules, and other rules … Continue reading

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Attorneys’ Fees Clauses-The Basics

You have probably heard of “attorneys’ fee clauses” (a/k/a “prevailing party” clauses) in contracts. But do you know how they work?  In the United States, when parties are involved in litigation, typically each is responsible for paying its own costs … Continue reading

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”)

Alphabet soup of the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security” (“CARES”) Act got you confused? You already know about, and may have received funds from, various programs of the CARES Act such as the “Paycheck Protection Program “(“PPP”), or the … Continue reading

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Hiring in Seattle? Rules for Criminal Background Checks

In 2013, the City of Seattle enacted the “Fair Chance Employment” ordinance governing how criminal background checks are to be used in the hiring process. The rule went into effect on November 1, 2013.  SeeSeattle Municipal Code 14.17. The rule … Continue reading

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Buying (or Investing in) A Brewery in Washington State? A Few Things To Keep In Mind

You love beer.  You’ve been making it at home for a few years, or are working in a brewery, and want to take the leap into running a microbrewery in the Seattle area.  How do you go about doing this? … Continue reading

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Opening a Business? Don’t Forget a Lawyer! Licenses and Leases

Congratulations, you have decided to go into business for yourself! Tired of working for others, and you are ready to take the leap. If you are opening a business in Washington State, there are many things to keep in mind, … Continue reading

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Independent Contractors: What’s the Difference Between an Independent Contractor and an Employee?

Many small business owners would like to know when they can hire an “Independent Contractor” vs. an “Employee.” This article is a modest effort to help clear things up a bit. What IS an “Independent Contractor”? First and foremost, and … Continue reading

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Affordable Care Act Basics (“Obamacare”) for Washington State Residents

Understand the basics of the new “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” (“Obamacare”), and information for Washington State residents. Continue reading

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Got Employees or Thinking of Hiring? Here are Some Basics You Need to Know- Part 1

Interviews and New Hire Paperwork: Most employers are aware that there are some things they cannot ask in an interview.  For example, generally speaking, interviewers cannot ask about an applicant’s medical history.  Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) 29 U.S.C. § … Continue reading

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Keeping Your Business Healthy With Legal Checkups

What is a “legal checkup”? It’s an annual checkup for your business.  Just as with your personal health, things change and checkups catch issues before they turn into serious problems.  A legal checkup is important in keeping your business healthy. … Continue reading

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