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Estate Plan

January FOCUS: The Sole Business Owner’s Estate Plan

by | January 28, 2020

We know it’s essential to have an estate plan that designates what happens to our assets when we die. How does your business fit into this plan? In many cases, the company is ignored. It passes through the estate to the heirs – but your business needs management until it can be sold or wound... View Article

Confused about Paid Family & Medical Leave

How Paid Family & Medical Leave Affects Your Policies

by | January 7, 2020

You already know about Washington’s new Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) law (hopefully!). You’ve been collecting premiums, reporting to Employment Security, and you’ve hung the necessary posters in the lunchroom. Each of these steps is necessary to comply with the new law. But have you addressed how this new law may affect, or even... View Article

blog

Our Top 5 Blog Posts of 2019

by | December 31, 2019

Which blog post was your favorite? We have left 2019 behind and are planning great content for you in 2020. Here’s a look at our top 5 most popular blog posts from 2019. Find out which business topics were at the top of your peers’ minds in 2019 and find a blog you might have... View Article

Platinum Rule of Culture

The Platinum Rule of Company Culture

by | December 30, 2019

Culture eats strategy for breakfast Peter Drucker The Golden Rule vs The Platinum Rule I recently came across the idea of the “Platinum Rule” as compared with the “Golden Rule” while thinking about company culture. We’re all familiar with the Golden Rule: Treat others as you would like to be treated. The Platinum Rule is... View Article

Employer Pay Requirements

Latest Updates to Employer Pay Requirements

by | December 20, 2019

Are you waiting on the latest updates to the employer pay requirements coming in 2020? Well, The US Department of Labor and Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has a gift for you. New employer pay requirements just in time for the holidays! Snapshot Federal Employer Pay Requirements Changes. Beginning January 12, 2020, Employers... View Article

Mandatory Arbitration Agreements

What Employers Need To Know About Mandatory Arbitration Agreements

by | December 10, 2019

Avoiding employee disputes and lawsuits is the goal of employers, but even effective best practices won’t reduce all risks. So how do employers avoid the inevitable cost of employee disputes and lawsuits? Enter mandatory arbitration agreements, which prevent employee disputes from going to court. These agreements are typically part of employment agreements or as separate... View Article

Seattle Commuter Benefits

Legal Update: Seattle Commuter Benefits Effective on Jan. 1, 2020

by | December 2, 2019

Among the many changes going into effect on January 1, 2020 (lookin’ at you, Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave), one that may have snuck under the radar is the Seattle Commuter Benefits Ordinance. This ordinance requires covered employers to offer employees the opportunity to make a pre-tax payroll deduction to cover qualified transportation fringe... View Article

Company Holiday Party

‘Tis the Season for Company Holiday Parties

by | December 2, 2019

We are now officially in the holiday season. While holiday parties are a great way to build morale and show appreciation for employees, these can also result in unexpected liability for employers if not done right. We have our top 5 tips for ensuring your company holiday party doesn’t turn into a nightmare. Avoid serving... View Article