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We keep you up-to-date with the latest happenings, insights, and accomplishments within our firm and the dynamic world of labor and employment law. From significant legal victories to thought-provoking articles and updates on industry trends, explore the latest information that showcases our dedication to excellence and our commitment to providing valuable resources for our clients and the community.

Recent Publications

Prepare Now for the New Equal Pay and Opportunities Act Amendments

The Washington legislature recently expanded the scope of the Equal Pay and Opportunities Act (“EPOA”) to cover claims beyond gender-based discrimination. Starting July 1, 2025, in addition to sex, the EPOA’s remedial scheme will include claims based on age, marital status, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. […]

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New FTC Rule Bans Noncompetition Covenants for Almost All Workers

On April 24, 2024, the Federal Trade Commission voted to finalize a rule that would ban most noncompetition covenants. The new final rule would 1) prohibit employers from entering new noncompete agreements with employees; and 2) prohibit employers from enforcing almost all existing noncompetition agreements between employers and employees. […]

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New Year, New Rules

The New Year has brought with it several changes to the landscape of Washington’s labor and employment laws. Employers unacquainted with these new rules risk stumbling into liability, as Washington’s legislature has uniformly expanded employee protections in 2024. […]

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New DOL Rule Has Major Implications for Federal Contractors

Over the last year, the federal government has increased its oversight of federal contractors’ employment practices. This fact is illustrated by the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) announcement it collected just under $7 million in back wages for the month of October 2023. […]

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NLRB Issues New Rule on Determining Joint-Employer Status

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has again issued a new ruling for determining joint-employer status under the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”). The ruling rescinds the previous standard of “substantial direct and immediate control” that took effect in April 2020. […]

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NLRB Ruling Facilitates Union Recognition

On August 25, 2023, the National Labor Relations Board issued a landmark ruling, Cemex Construction Materials Pacific, overruling 50 years of precedent regarding union recognition, elections, and bargaining orders. […]

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