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Equinox Blog Season

Family, the Workplace, and Government Regulation

by | September 4, 2018

September has arrived and those with kids are getting back into the school routine.  Your employee’s schedules and mindsets may have shifted to new schedules and priorities.  For many, these shifts are subtle – maybe a day off or a slightly later start time – while for others the preparation for back to school creates... 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

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

Portland to Impose Tax for High CEO Compensation

by | January 11, 2017

On December 7, 2016, the Portland City Council approved a tax on certain companies that pay their CEOs 100 times or more what their average employee makes. This surtax is the first in the nation of its kind and its purpose, per the ordinance, is to address income equality. Note that the surtax, added to... View Article

Overtime Rule Blocked

by | January 11, 2017

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas granted a temporary injunction blocking the DOL’s new overtime rule nationwide.What does this temporary injunction mean for employers? It means that, at least for now, employers are not required to comply with the new rule. However, if an employer  has already put the rules into... View Article

Understanding Seattle’s Minimum Wage

by | June 24, 2014

Blog written by Keil Larsen, Equinox Business Law Group. On June 2, 2014, the Seattle City Council unanimously approved the adoption of a $15 per hour minimum wage ordinance.   The ordinance will affect employers beginning April 1, 2015 and will phase-in wage increases to the minimum wage of employees to $15.00 per hour over 3-7... View Article

Health Care Reform- Still On Schedule

by | September 3, 2013

Blog written by Lauren Burgon, Equinox Business Law Group With news stories nearly every day about delays and changes to Healthcare Reform, employers may be unsure which provisions are still scheduled to go into effect in 2014. For employers already offering coverage to their employees, the following changes are still on-schedule: September 23, 2013- Updates... View Article

Health Care Reform – Why You Should Pay Attention Now

by | October 25, 2012

This week’s blog from Equinox Associate Lauren Burgon President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law in March, 2010, but most of us know that many of the law’s provisions don’t go into effect until 2014.  While many employers are concerned with how the law will affect their businesses and the... View Article