Author Archives for Victoria Bartow

Amendments to Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Time

by | December 26, 2017

As the effective date of Statewide Paid Sick and Safe time quickly approaches, I have had several clients say to me, “We are covered by Seattle Sick and Safe, so we don’t have to worry.” This isn’t true for two reasons: 1) Just because you are covered by Seattle (or another city ordinance requiring paid... View Article

Washington Bill Addresses Wage Transparency and Equal Pay

by | June 30, 2017

House Bill 1506 bans pay disparities based on gender and prohibits assigning or directing an employee into a less favorable career track based on gender and failing to provide information about promotions. The bill would also prohibit employers from requiring employees to keep compensation information confidential or retaliate against an employee for comparing or discussing... View Article

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The Importance of an Up-to-date Employee Handbook

by | April 3, 2017

When is the last time you looked at your employee handbook? When business owners ask for advise around managing employees or workforce issues, we often begin by asking , “Do you have a policy around [insert relevant issue : Time sheets? Vaping? Bringing your bunny to work]?” We frequently look to the handbook as a... View Article

President Names Alex Acosta to Lead DOL

by | March 6, 2017

 A day after Andrew Puzder withdrew his nomination for Secretary of Labor, President Trump named Alex Acosta, current dean of Florida International University’s law school as his pick. Acosta served as a member of the National Labor Relations Board and was assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s civil rights division, having been appointed by... View Article

Washington Minimum Wage Increase Hike January 1st

by | January 11, 2017

On election night Washington voters approved Initiative 1433, which incrementally increases the state’s current minimum wage of $9.47 to $13.50 by 2020. The first hike to $11 per hour is set to occur on January 1, 2017. In addition, the rule requires every employer to provide sick leave starting 2018 as follows: one hour of... View Article