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Washington State EFCA

What Business Owners Need to Know About the Employee Fair Classification Act

by | February 20, 2019

Although just introduced by the Washington state legislature on January 23, Senate Bill 5513 (SB 5513) is causing concern and confusion for many Washington business owners. The bill, if passed, creates the Employee Fair Classification Act (EFCA), would change the definition of independent contractors — greatly impacting businesses that employ independent contractors based on the... View Article

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Top 5 Business Areas to Focus and Plan for 2019

by | December 3, 2018

Although we are often distracted at this time of year by fun family gatherings, vacation time, and holiday cheer and events, businesses often take this time to ensure they are ready to start the new year strong.  Below are several areas we suggest businesses evaluate as they plan for a successful year: Financial goals.  Your... View Article

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New Washington’s Paid Family Medical Leave

by | December 3, 2018

Beginning January 1, 2019, Washington state will join the small group of states mandating paid family and medical leave (“PFML”) for Washington state employees.  Here are some of the key questions our clients are asking:  What is the purpose of the law?  Is our business required to collect the employer and employee premiums and implement... View Article

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Paid Family Leave Program Premiums begin Jan 1st – Employers, are you ready?

by | November 12, 2018

Washington’s Employment Security Department (ESD) has finalized its second round of rulemaking regarding the State’s new Paid Family Leave Program.  These rules provide additional information on employer reporting requirements, voluntary Paid Family Leave program requirements, deadlines, small business assistance, and other issues.  The rules will take effect on December 3, 2018. Premium collection will begin... View Article

Putting Lifelong Learning to Good Use

by | September 24, 2018

We seem to value “lifelong learners” in business – you see this as a desired characteristic in job postings and those who are “successful” are typically called out as such.  What is a lifelong learner, though? We all learn every day from our experiences, both personal and professional, in our interactions with clients, employees and... View Article

When is a Company Required to Pay Interns?

by | September 21, 2018

Internships offer additional benefits to employers, namely recruiting and grooming talent for future employment in the organization. The question is: when is a company required to pay interns? There is a common misconception these individuals do not need to be compensated for their work if they are classified as interns. The misclassification of employees as... View Article