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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

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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

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

Labor Secretary Withdraws Guidance on Independent Contractors and Joint Employers

by | June 22, 2017

On June 7, Department of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta announced the withdrawal of the DOL’s prior Administrator Interpretations (“AIs”) clarifying the department’s position on the broad definition of joint employment and independent contractor misclassification. By withdrawing the AI’s, Acosta does not change the legal obligation of employers under the law. Instead, it rescinds the DOL’s prior guidance... 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