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long-term care act

What Washington’s Long-Term Care Act Means for Employers

by | April 21, 2021

The Long-Term Care Act, passed in May of 2019, mandates a new uncapped 0.58% payroll tax on employee wages. The tax will create a Long-Term Care Trust Fund to fund the Long-Term Services and Support Trust Program. The program will help supplement long-term care costs, such as assisted living expenses. While the program’s specifics are... View Article

out-of-state employees

How to Stay Compliant with Out-of-State Employees

by | October 30, 2020

Since remote work has become routine for businesses, managers may be leading dispersed employees who live across the country. What do employers need to do if an employee decides to move out of state? What should employers consider when hiring remote, out-of-state employees? Here are some proactive considerations: Look before you leap Generally, having an... View Article

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

How to Implement the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

by | March 23, 2020

The President signed the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” (“FFCRA”) on March 18th, 2020, which will take effect on April 2nd, 2020, and ends on December 31st, 2020. Now, businesses are stuck wondering how to implement the requirements and in such a short period of time. The Department of Labor and the IRS are working... View Article

COVID-19

COVID-19: The Resources Your Small Business Needs

by | March 11, 2020

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is having a sudden and severe impact on our region, state, and the U.S. As a result of COVID-19, many small businesses are suffering. Social distancing and state-mandated bans are causing the cancellation of events and travel plans, workplaces to shut down or limit operations, workers are sent home, and ultimately,... 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

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

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