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The Playbill of Business Exits: Built to Scale and Crafted for Success

The Playbill of Business Exits: Built to Scale and Crafted for Success

by | April 25, 2024

In the dynamic world of business, planning for the future is as important as managing the present. The term “exit planning” isn’t just jargon; it’s a philosophy that encapsulates the essence of a well-strategized, successful culmination to your business’s lifecycle. However, the complexity of this process often overshadows its significance, leading many business owners to... View Article

Washington Further Limits the Use of Noncompetition and Nonsolicitation Provisions

LEGAL UPDATE: Washington Further Limits the Use of Noncompetition and Nonsolicitation Provisions

by | April 24, 2024

On March 13, 2024, Washington’s noncompete law was amended to further limit the use of noncompete provisions and nonsolicitation provisions against employees and contractors. The changes are a significant shift, and most employment agreements that have restrictive covenants will be in violation of the new requirements. It’s critical to review and update these documents prior... View Article

LEGAL UPDATE: Washington State to Raise Minimum Wage and Exempt Salary Threshold in 2024

by | November 14, 2023

Starting January 1, 2024, Washington State is set to introduce a series of wage adjustments that will impact businesses of all sizes. In 2020, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries updated the rules for exempt workers by creating an eight-year implementation schedule that incrementally raises the multiplier until it reaches 2.5 times in 2028. Though the pace of the increase is based on the size of the employer, small enterprises to large corporations alike will feel the effects of these changes.

New ruling impacts workplace policy

LEGAL UPDATE: New Ruling Impacts Workplace Policies for All Employers

by | October 15, 2023

On August 2, 2023, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued the Stericycle, Inc. decision, creating a new standard for scrutinizing employer “work rules”. Work rules can consist of company handbooks, policies, and procedures. This decision specifically addresses employer work rules that could reasonably be construed as restricting employees’ rights to engage in activities protected under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), like unionization or openly discussing wages or benefits. Employers should carefully review their handbooks, policies, and procedures to ensure compliance with this decision and prepare for potential challenges.

Navigating complexity of HR and Employment Laws

Navigating the Complex World of Human Resources and Employment Law

by | October 15, 2023

Running a business is all about your people. They're the heart and soul of your operation, the driving force behind your success. But there's a twist – a tricky one. The legal landscape surrounding HR and employment is like a constantly shifting maze. If you're a business owner, you've probably felt the challenge of keeping up with the ever-changing rules and regulations. Laws vary from state to state, and they seem to morph faster than you can say "compliance." It's a tough nut to crack, no doubt, but it's a challenge you need to conquer.

Is your business fit to go boldly into the unknown?

Is your business fit to go boldly into the unknown?

by | May 18, 2023

Building a healthy and fit business requires attention to the spirit, mind, and body of your organization. By defining your purpose, establishing core values, implementing robust decision-making processes, and investing in your physical resources, you can create a solid foundation for long-term success. Equinox's Business Health Assessment (BHA) offers a valuable opportunity to evaluate your organization's legal infrastructure and gain insights into areas that may need improvement. We value your participation and feedback as we collectively strive to build purpose-driven organizations that thrive in today's ever-evolving business landscape. Here's to your continued success and a prosperous future ahead.

The Value of General Practitioners in Medicine and Law

Why Specialists Alone Aren’t Enough: The Value of General Practitioners in Medicine and Law

by | April 17, 2023

In both medicine and business law practice, a generalist approach with a holistic perspective is crucial for achieving the best outcomes. General practitioners, whether in medicine or law, provide historical and contextual insight, holistic evaluation, comprehensive treatment or guidance, identification of unusual or hidden issues, and guidance on optimal options. This comprehensive approach ensures that all aspects of health or business are considered and addressed, leading to more effective and sustainable solutions for patients or clients.

Social Media Posts in the Workplace

LEGAL UPDATE: Social Media Posts in the Workplace – A Guide for Businesses to Ensure Compliance with the FTC’s Guidance 

by | March 20, 2023

Employers should be aware that the FTC requires disclosure of an employee's employment relationship when making an endorsement on social media for the company they work for. The disclosure must be in simple and clear language and placed conspicuously. The FTC recommends that companies establish a social media policy that includes these disclosure requirements, consistently enforce the policy, and provide employees with training. Employers that direct employees to create or share social media posts should implement a policy and monitor the posts for compliance. To avoid potential legal issues, it is important for employers to follow these guidelines to ensure compliance with the FTC's rules.