Author Archives for Kelly Svihus

SCOTUS Rules on Online Sales Taxation – South Dakota v. Wayfair

by | June 27, 2018

On June 21, 2018, the United States Supreme Court issued a significant ruling that impacts online retailers regarding online sales taxation. In South Dakota v. Wayfair, the Court overruled prior Supreme Court rulings that prevented states from collecting sales tax from retailers that didn’t have a physical presence within their state. The Court ruled that... View Article


Phishing, Spear Phishing, and Smishing: IT Cyber Risks for Smartphones and Small Business Providers

by | May 2, 2018

Guest post by Anthony Hargreaves, MBT, CISA, CRISC Small Business providers rely heavily on the most current and innovative methods of communicating and receiving vital business information to their customers, to and from their vendors and across operations. Advertising campaigns often use the latest social media platforms to promote discount codes and payment methods as... View Article

Washington Department of Revenue Launches New Secure Portal

by | March 19, 2018

As of March 19, the Washington Department of Revenue is changing their e-filing system, which will affect how taxpayers file their tax returns. The new portal will allow business owners to access both tax and licensing accounts in one location. Accounts will now require a Secure Access Washington (SAW) login, which many businesses already have... View Article

NLRB Overrules Browning-Ferris Decision

by | February 5, 2018

In December 2017, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) overruled its 2015 decision in Browning-Ferris Industries, 36 NLRB No.186 (2015).  This 2015 decision changed the standard for joint-employer liability, making the definition much broader than previously. The new decision reverts back to NLRB’s previous interpretation of the joint-employer relationship. Going forward, two or more entities... View Article

Seattle Short-Term Rental Regulations

by | January 9, 2018

The short-term rental landscape in Seattle has changed significantly in the past few months. Several pieces of legislation, the culmination of two years of discussions, have been passed in the last months of 2017. These regulations aim to return units to the long-term housing market and stem the growth of short-term rentals within city limits.... View Article

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What Employers Need to Know: A New Form I-9 and the Rescission of DACA

by | October 4, 2017

On September 5, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the rescission of the DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The Department of Homeland Security also issued the Memorandum on Rescission Of Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals . Under DACA, certain undocumented immigrants brought into the United States as children received an Employment Authorization Document (EAD)... View Article

Another New 1-9 Form

by | July 27, 2017

On July 17, 2017, USCIS released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. If this sounds familiar, it is. The last update to the Form 1-9 was in November of 2016. The easiest way to differentiate the new version from the recent update is to look at the version date in the lower left-hand corner.... View Article