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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

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 transition your policies and practices to comply? During our…

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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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Dec 27 2016
Q&AWage and Hour  

Q&A: Can employers prohibit supervisory level employees from discussing wages?

Question: We have a supervisor who won’t stop talking about his wages; can we stop him from doing this?

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Nov 14 2016
Q&ALabor RelationsSafety and HealthWage and Hour  

Q&A: Are employees’ social media posts on wages and safety protected?

Question: All our employees make more than minimum wage, but we had an employee go on social media and say, “Minimum wage for this work?! How are we supposed to live off that?!” A number of other employees commented on the post and a few complained about a recent safety incident. Can we discipline the employee who lied about his pay? What can we do to address this?  

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