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Mar 27 2020
COVID-19  

WASHINGTON: Online form available to clarify essential business status

For Washington businesses still unclear about whether they’re essential and thus allowed to continue operating during Governor Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order, the state has created a simple online form to request clarification or ask to be added to the list of essential businesses. The order, which closed non-essential businesses in…

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Mar 27 2020
COVID-19  

WASHINGTON: Home and commercial construction not “essential”

On March 25, 2020, Governor Jay Inslee released a memo clarifying which construction workers are included in the “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” list. Only those included on the list are allowed to travel to their essential businesses, according to the governor’s Stay Home—Stay Healthy Order, which seeks to slow the spread of COVID-19…

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Mar 24 2020
COVID-19Leave Laws  

WASHINGTON: Seattle expands Paid Sick and Safe Time

On March 16, 2020, the Seattle City Council passed an amendment to Seattle’s Paid Sick and Paid Safe Time (PSST) law which expands the available reasons for leave, inspired by caregiver shortages and workplace closures caused by COVID-19 (coronavirus). The amendment became effective immediately on March 16, 2020, with no expiration…

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Mar 21 2020
COVID-19Employee BenefitsLeave LawsSafety and Health  

COVID-19: Q&A’s with our Vigilant Law Group employment attorneys

Employer questions continue as federal and state restrictions increase In recent days, the number of confirmed COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases has dramatically increased, as have government-imposed restrictions to contain its spread. Not surprisingly, the rapid changes have caused great concern among employers that are trying to keep their workers employed while also…

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Feb 11 2020
HiringImmigration  

New Form I-9 released on January 31, 2020

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) finally updated Form I-9 and its accompanying instructions—both have a “10/21/2019” revision date in the lower left corner, although they weren't released until January 31, 2020. Employers must use the updated version to verify new hires’ identities and employment eligibility no later than April 30, 2020. The changes are…

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Dec 10 2019
Leave Laws  

Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave resources released

The Washington Employment Security Department (ESD) just released new resources to help your employees apply for Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) benefits starting on January 1, 2020. The downloadable tools are available here, and include a Parent’s Guide (how to apply for bonding leave), a Patient and Family Guide (how to…

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Nov 08 2019
Leave Laws  

Washington Paid Family & Medical Leave Resources

Washington Paid Family & Medical Leave is coming. Starting on January 1, 2020, your employees will be able to apply for Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave benefits. The law created a lot of questions and many employers are still struggling to find answers. We're here to help. Below you will find a number…

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Sep 18 2019
Webinar  

Recorded Webinar: Washington Paid Family & Medical Leave

WHAT EMPLOYERS NEED TO KNOW Starting on January 1, 2020, your employees will be able to apply for Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave benefits. Are you ready? If not, you’re not alone. The law created a lot questions. And, the rules released by the Employment Security Department don’t answer them all. Vigilant…

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Sep 11 2019
 

Q&A: Don’t use lie detectors to investigate theft

Question: Our petty cash has been disappearing lately. There are three employees with access to the cash drawer. Can we use lie detectors as long as we test all three?   Answer: No, that’s not enough to justify such a test. Although you’re attempting to be non-discriminatory in testing everyone, using lie detectors on employees is…

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Aug 29 2019
Leave Laws  

DOL says FMLA covers special ed consultations at child’s school

Recently the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released an opinion letter saying an employee should be granted intermittent leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to attend school meetings related to her children’s health. The children had medically certified serious health conditions, and the employee was allowed intermittent…

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