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Six Insights to Enhance Diversity in Your Business

by | August 28, 2020

“Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” are words that have been floating around the business community for many years, but it’s been primarily an effort of big businesses. Small companies typically have infrequent hiring needs and, therefore, feel they can have a limited impact on diverse hiring. In recent months, however, more small businesses are asking how... View Article

coronavirus

Coronavirus: Avoiding the Virus and Employment Law Issues

by | March 3, 2020

At the time of writing this post, there are currently 91 confirmed or presumed-positive cases of novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, in the United States. Just in the past three days, three deaths were reported in the state of Washington, bringing the count to six deaths to date in this state. The latest news reports provide... 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

How to Close a Business… the Right Way

by | November 4, 2019

When starting a business, few business owners consider the details and consequences of closing the business. But even closing a business, if not done the right way, can get a business owner in hot water. Recently, a popular and all-inclusive wedding venue in Everett, WA suddenly closed. Engaged couples with impending nuptials are without a... View Article

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

Do Your Hiring Policies and Processes “Ban the Box” in Compliance with Washington’s Fair Chance Act?

by | June 14, 2018

In March of this year, Washington became the 11th state to enact legislation requiring public and private sector employers to delay background checks and inquiries regarding job applicants’ conviction records until after determining an applicant is otherwise qualified for the position. Employers that must comply with the Fair Chance Act include public agencies, private individuals,... View Article

Updates to Washington’s Equal Pay Act Go Into Effect

by | June 6, 2018

This Thursday, June 7, 2018, an amendment to Washington’s Equal Pay Act goes into effect. This amendment attempts to limit gender discrimination in the workplace by prohibiting discrimination in compensation of “similarly employed” workers of different genders. Under the act, employees are “similarly employed” when: they work for the same company the job done requires... View Article