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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

Staff Training

Employee Training Programs Tailored For Your Business

by | June 27, 2019

Does your staff get excited about employee training? Typically, it’s not something they’re looking forward to attending. And it’s true — out-of-the-box style employee trainings aren’t just boring, they’re ineffective. Equinox has a different approach when it comes to educating teams about important topics. As we develop each unique presentation, we tailor the information for... View Article

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Salary History Bans and the Washington State EPOA

by | June 3, 2019

Effective on July 28, 2019, employers in Washington State are prohibited from collecting or seeking the wage or salary history of an applicant for employment. Salary History Bans Salary history bans are becoming increasingly common and are now in place in some form across 17 states, including Washington, Oregon, and California, as well as 14... View Article

Foreign Workers

The Complexity of Hiring Foreign Workers

by | September 2, 2015

Last week the Seattle Times reported that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a civil fraud suit against local developer Lobsang Dargey, alleging that he stole nearly $18 million for his own use from immigrant investors under the EB-5 program. The program allows wealthy foreigners to invest money ($500,000 at a minimum) in a... View Article

Employment Matters: Avoiding Costly Missteps

by | July 1, 2013

Blog written by Lauren Burgon, Equinox Business Law Group As a business owner, sometimes it takes all your resources and attention to keep up with your business’  daily demands.  Having the time or energy to step back and review your policies and procedures sometimes feels impossible.  However, business owners, especially those with employees, can face severe consequences... View Article

Should You Access Employees’ Social Media Accounts?

by | August 23, 2012

Michelle Bomberger’s article “What’s the Password?” was published in Seattle Business Magazine. It addressed key considerations for employers accessing employees’ social media accounts. The full article is below:  Scoping out an employee’s or a potential employee’s social media life online has become common practice for employers who believe sound reasons exist for requesting this type... View Article

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Best Practices From an Employer Contract Law Perspective

by | July 2, 2012

When looking at best practices in hiring and firing, we consider how to get those right people on board and how to end the relationship when things aren’t going well.   Both facets of this process are difficult but some key practices can make things much simpler. Plan ahead.  Anticipate your hiring needs a year in advance. ... View Article

Doing Business Across State Lines

by | June 4, 2012

When a company plans to expand its services into another state, a number of key legal considerations must be reviewed.  Below is a summary of some of the critical steps that must be undertaken by the company as it expands. Business Structure.  All entities doing business in the state must register with the state.  Corporate... View Article

BASICS OF THE SEATTLE SICK LEAVE ORDINANCE

by | February 6, 2012

The Seattle Paid Sick Time and Paid Safe Time Ordinance goes into effect on September 1, 2012.  The Ordinance will require that employers with more than 4 full time equivalent employees provide to employees who work in Seattle specified amounts of accrued, job-protected paid time off for personal illness, family care and other purposes. Every... View Article