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Jan 17 2018
Q&AHarassment & DiscriminationHiring  

Q&A: Can past lawsuits be a factor in hiring decisions?

Question: We just received an application from a candidate who’s clearly qualified, but we know he sued his last employer for discrimination and we’d rather not hire someone who goes around suing people. Can we get in trouble for rejecting him?

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Dec 15 2017
Q&AHarassment & Discrimination  

Q&A: Discrimination – yes, it’s still happening, and employers must take it seriously

The Question: One of our employees is saying his coworkers are using very obscene racial slurs in casual conversation. We trust our supervisors and they’ve said they can’t imagine this is actually happening. What should we do?

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Nov 08 2017
Leave LawsWage and Hour  

How does Washington’s paid sick leave law apply to truck drivers?

Q: Is there an exemption from Washington’s paid sick leave law for truck drivers? If not, how do we comply with Washington’s paid leave requirement of providing 1 hour of paid leave for every 40 hours worked when we pay our truck drivers in Washington on a cents per mile basis, rather than hourly?

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Aug 08 2017
Q&AWage and Hour  

Can employees volunteer to work?

Q: We’re working with new equipment and a few employees have asked us if they can volunteer to stay after their shift to learn how to use the new technology that operates the machines—should we let them?

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Aug 03 2017
WebinarLeave Laws  

Washington Paid Sick Leave webinar: 9/21/17

Thursday, September 21, 2017 10–11 a.m. Pacific (full) / 1:30–2:30 p.m. Eastern Have you heard about Washington’s new paid sick leave law that goes into effect January 1, 2018, and wondered how it might affect you and your business? More importantly, have you figured out what the requirements of the law are and how to smoothly…

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Jul 13 2017
Q&ALabor Relations  

Employees wearing protest attire and using work email to stir the pot

Q: We have employees showing up to work with buttons that promote a minimum wage increase and using their company email accounts to organize protests of our company policies. Can we stop them from doing this?

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Jun 30 2017
Harassment & DiscriminationHiringImmigration  

Requiring new hires to present specific IDs for I-9 costs employer $225,750

An employer in eastern Washington required all green card holders to present their Permanent Resident Cards when completing the Form I-9. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced that this employer has now agreed to pay a fine of $225,750 to settle discrimination charges. The employer also agreed to…

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Mar 07 2017
Q&AImmigration  

Q&A: What to do if ICE contacts your business

Question: Given recent publicity about increased immigration enforcement, what should we do if a representative from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) makes contact with our business?

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Feb 01 2017
Q&ALeave Laws  

Do we have to give FMLA leave to remote employees?

Q: Are our employees that work remotely, in homes that are more than 75 miles from our nearest location, eligible for FMLA?

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