Employment Law Blog

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Nov 08 2013
Employee Benefits

New Association Health Plan Option in Washington!

New Association Health Plan Option in Washington!

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Sep 18 2013
Q&ADrug and Alcohol

Use of E-Cigarettes in the workplace

Q: One of our employees in Seattle asked this morning, "Are we allowed to smoke e-cigarettes in the office? My officemate does not mind."

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Sep 09 2013
Workers’ Comp  

L&I is paying employers to help injured workers stay on the job!

L&I is paying employers to help injured workers stay on the job!

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Sep 05 2013
Q&ADisability

Use of a Service Animal as a Reasonable Accommodation in Washington

Q: My new receptionist showed up today for her first day of work with her 150 pound Golden Retriever and said I had to allow her to keep it at work because it helped her deal with her anxiety. Do I have to allow this?

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Jul 03 2013
 

WASHINGTON: Governor signs bill protecting employee social media privacy

Governor Jay Inslee has signed a bill that prevents Washington employers from asking an employee to provide a password, “friend” the employer, or alter privacy settings on personal social media accounts.

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Mar 14 2013
Q&A

Can employees bring guns to work?

Q: There’s been a lot of media coverage about guns recently. As a Washington employer, can I prohibit employees from bringing guns to the workplace?

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Jan 10 2013
Safety and Health

WASHINGTON: Workplace posters updated for 2013

The Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has issued changes to three required posters:  workers’ compensation, job safety and health, and employee rights.

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Dec 06 2012
Safety and Health

WASHINGTON: L&I confirms no increase in 2013 workers’ comp rate

Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) has announced that it plans to hold workers’ comp rates flat in 2013.

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Dec 05 2012
Q&AWage and Hour

Are My Independent Contractors Really Employees?

Q: We have always had independent contractors working alongside our employees in our drafting department. They don’t work for anyone else but it is common in our industry to classify these types of workers as independent contractors. I have recently been told by our new CFO that this classification may be improper. Are these people independent contractors?

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