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A New Standard for Overtime in Washington? State Looks to Expand Overtime Eligibility

The Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) recently filed a proposed rule that would dramatically increase the minimum salary required for employees to qualify for the “white collar” (executive, administrative, and professional) overtime exemptions. If and when it is fully implemented by 2026, the rule will directly affect 250,000 Washington workers, according to L&I […]

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A Short Guide to Workplace Medical Leave Laws

If you are a lawyer practicing with small-to-large businesses and corporations, you should know something about employment-related medical leave laws. Federal, state, and municipal laws apply to your business clients and employees. Some laws apply to almost every employer and some to just larger employers.

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SCOTUS Makes Discrimination Retaliation Claims More Difficult with “But For” Causation Test

Learn more about University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar. On June 24, 2013, the United States Supreme Court issued a landmark decision changing the legal standard of proof for discrimination retaliation claims. In University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar, 133 S.Ct. 2517 (2013), the majority decision concluded that Title VII retaliation claims […]

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3 Things New Lawyers Should Know about Employment Discrimination Law

Helpful advice and resources for handling your first employment discrimination case. In June 2013, the WSBA held a CLE/NLE called “Handling your First Employment Discrimination Case.” Here are three key points I learned at the seminar, which play a huge role in processing employment discrimination cases (#1 and #2 can definitely apply to other areas […]

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Is it time to update your employee policies?

Having written employee policies important, but even more important is having accurate and up-to-date policies. Having written employee policies for your company is important, but even more important is having accurate and up-to-date policies. Having out-of-date or inaccurate policies can be worse than not having any written policies. I recommend reviewing your written employee policies […]

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Washington’s Marijuana Law — Sorting out the myths and facts

Learn how marijuana legalization affects DUI laws and investigations. One of the many myths surrounding the passing of Initiative 502 was that for the first time, it became illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana. Truth is, it has always been illegal to drive under the influence of any intoxicating substance, whether that is […]

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