Government Proffers: Best Practices for White Collar Practitioners

Government Proffers: Best Practices for White Collar Practitioners To proffer or not to proffer? This question can be one of the most nerve racking parts of a criminal case. While the goal is always the same, to get the best possible result for your client, there is no universal strategy that will guarantee success in [...]

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The Impact of the Seattle Sick Time/Leave Act on Paid Time Off Policices

Seattle Businesses can provide their employees with a multitude of different options for paid and unpaid time off as a benefit of their continued employment. The structure of these benefit plans have usually been in the discretion of the employer, but the Seattle Sick Time and Sick Leave Act has made the accumulation of paid [...]

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2016 Department of Labor Changes to the Fair Labor and Standards Act

Whenever changes are made to prevailing employee protection regulations business need to make sure they will remain in compliance with the new rules. In 2014, President Obama directed the Department of Labor to make changes to the regulations in the Fair Labor and Standards Act (“FLSA”)to reflect changes in wage growth and provide new protections [...]

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Exempt v. Non-Exempt Employees

Employers in Washington are responsible for ensuring that all employees are fairly compensated under the Federal Fair Labor and Standards Act, Washington State Minimum Wage Acts and the Washington Industrial Welfare Act. These acts ensure that employees in the State of Washington are paid overtime if they work more than 40 hours a week and [...]

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Am I Required to Offer Sick Time?

While many businesses offer their employees paid sick-time as a job benefit, the City of Seattle has made this practice mandatory for most employers. The Seattle Sick Time and Sick Leave Act requires most employers to provide their employees with a paid sick time plan, effectively administer the plan and keep proper records to confirm [...]

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Am I Required to Offer Paid Time Off?

Offering employees a global paid time off (“PTO”) program is a good way for an employer to provide them with a benefit, while also cutting down on their own administrative cost of keeping track of multiple categories of time off benefits (Sick Time, Vacation Time, Personal Days .etc.). However, if the program is not well [...]

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Considerations for Commission Employees

Paying employees on commission is a great way to build teamwork and create common interest between the owner and staff and creates incentive for good performance. Employers compensating employees in this way needs to take care to clearly define the commission policy.   Failure to do so can cause unnecessary confusion and conflict between current employees, departing [...]

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What are Your Minimum Wage Requirements

Employers understand their obligation to pay employees in accordance with all Federal, State and City minimum wage requirements.  Currently, this is a very dynamic area of the law that is being debated across the country at the City, State and Federal level. Federal law currently requires that employees are paid at least $7.25 an hour, but [...]

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Obamacare Part 2: The Teeth of the Affordable Care Act

Health Care and Medical Insurance providers are now under greater scrutiny by the federal government, which has been granted increased investigatory and punitive powers by the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). Federal legislators anticipated that the sweeping health care reforms created by the ACA could create a breeding ground for medical and insurance professionals to intentionally, [...]

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Obamacare Part 1: Conflicts of Interest and Drug Companies

The Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), often affectionately and non-affectionately referred to as Obamacare, initiated a series of reforms that resonated across the entire medical industry. While the most publicized reforms related to how Americans access healthcare, the legislation reached beyond this into other, less widely publicized, areas. One such area addressed the potential conflicts of interest [...]

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The Department of Health and Unprofessional Conduct

The Secretary of the Washington Department of Health (“DOH”) is responsible for promulgating rules and governing the conduct of licensed health care professionals. These rules require all health care license holders to report unprofessional conduct and physician issues that put patients at risk of harm. Standards of reporting unprofessional conduct put licensed health care professionals [...]

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I am starting a new company, should I form an LLC?

Washington business owners, property owners and entrepreneurs have the option of forming a legal entity around their business to streamline its management and protect their personal assets from liability. The Washington legislature has promulgated statutes that allow the formation of many different types of legal entities, each with its own varying management, ownership and liability [...]

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