Categories for Human Resources

Cares Act

Washington CARES Act Delay

by | January 5, 2022

On December 17, 2021, in a highly publicized announcement, Governor Inslee announced the implementation of the Washington CARES Act would be delayed for the legislature to fix the statute. The Governor stated that the state would not collect funds until the legislature resolved open issues. Lawmakers stated, “While we cannot direct employers not to collect,... View Article

mental exhaustion and burnout

Ease Mental Exhaustion and Burnout for Your Team

by | June 21, 2021

The effects of mental exhaustion and burnout in the workplace are substantial. Employers are noticing a distinct and overwhelming change in behavior, both internally with workers and externally with customers. The ability to focus has been stalling, leading to procrastination and lower productivity. Digital overload, constant distractions, and extended screen time all contribute to feelings... View Article

mental health at work

Connecting the Dots – Physical and Mental Health at Work

by | May 2, 2021

For years, businesses have addressed workplace safety by focusing on the physical workplace. They’ve taken actions like correcting for and improving seating, lighting, and repetitive movements. Some of these implementations were voluntary, while others were legal requirements or medical accommodations. The focus, though, addressed physical injury and typically did not consider the impacts of mental... View Article

preparation is key for difficult conversations

Preparation is Key for Difficult Conversations

by | March 30, 2021

We can all think back to difficult conversations. Most of us have had dozens of them across professional, personal, and family relationships. When thinking about which of these conversations ended successfully, what factors come to mind? For me, the answer is “preparation.” Preparation forces us to critically consider why the conversation will be difficult, how... View Article

pitfalls to avoid in difficult employee conversations

Pitfalls to Avoid in Difficult Employee Conversations

by | March 30, 2021

No matter the industry or company size, all business leaders and managers will have to have difficult employee conversations at one point or another. Whether it be for performance issues, misconduct, policy violations, or layoffs, difficult conversations come with the territory of running and managing a business. Having the right tools and knowledge is critical... View Article

Gender Diversity in Washington Boardrooms

Gender Diversity in Washington Boardrooms

by | March 24, 2021

Despite the push in recent years for increased gender equality in the workplace, many company boardrooms are still largely male-dominated. In June of 2020, Governor Jay Inslee signed SSB 6037 into law in an effort to recognize the many qualified women in the Pacific Northwest. Developed by the Washington State Women’s Commission, the law aims... View Article

exempt employee

Changes to WA Exempt Employee Salary Thresholds & Job Duties

by | December 30, 2020

On July 1, 2020, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (“L&I”) updated the criteria for an exempt employee. These workers may include executive, administrative, and professional employees, as well as outside salespeople and computer professionals. Washington’s overtime exemption rules generally require these “white-collar” employees to meet a three-part test to be exempt: the... View Article

Paying your employees

Are you Paying Your Employees Correctly?

by | October 14, 2020

A common belief is that employees are the business’s greatest asset and greatest liability. While employees are critical to business success, being an employer is becoming more complex by the day. One area of concern, which can become very expensive if not done correctly, is employee pay. Failure in properly paying your employees can potentially... View Article