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Washington State Supreme Court Takes on the Constitution – Again

In another landmark decision, the Washington State Supreme Court issued a ruling on March 4, 2020, calling into question more than 70 years of legal precedent. The decision, Woods v. Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission, marks the second time since November that the Court has pitted the State Constitution against decades-old legislation to arrive at a modern interpretation. […]

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All In the FAMILY: Congress Reconsiders the FAMILY Act

Washington employers have only just begun dealing with the impact of the state’s new Paid Family and Medical Leave law (PFML). They are also in the midst of anxiously awaiting the Employment Security Department’s upcoming rules implementing 2019’s Long-Term Care Trust Act. […]

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EEOC: Employers May Require Employees to Receive Covid-19 Vaccine

When news broke of the development of a Covid-19 vaccine, some employers began asking whether they could require their employees to receive the shot. On December 16, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) updated its Covid-19 guidance to address this question. The answer: yes (usually). […]

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Company-Sponsored Holiday Celebrations During a Pandemic

As we near the end of one of the most challenging years in recent memory, many around the Puget Sound region are anxiously awaiting the start of a new year. 2020 has imposed significant hardships on employers and employees alike and introduced numerous novel obstacles to wreak havoc on company operations. […]

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COVID-19 Related Leaves of Absence and Other Accommodations

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on workplaces, employers large and small are faced with the challenge of navigating various federal, state, and local laws when responding to employees’ requests for COVID-19 related leaves and other accommodations. Laws that potentially apply to requests for such leave are summarized below. […]

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Politics in the Workplace

With election day within weeks, people are expressing their
political beliefs more than ever – buttons, t-shirts, hats, etc. When contentious political topics spill into
the workplace, employers may be left wondering what actions they can take to prevent harm to morale and productivity. […]

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