Articles in Employment

WASHINGTON EMPLOYERS BEWARE: WORKERS IN SAME LINE OF BUSINESS ARE EMPLOYEES, SAYS CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT

Date: May 16th, 2018
Categories: Employment

The California Supreme Court’s April 2018 opinion in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court (“Dynamex”) essentially reclassified thousands of California independent contractors as employees, requiring that each factor of a three factor test be met before a worker is considered an independent contractor. This … Read More »

WASHINGTON SUPREME COURT SIDES WITH EMPLOYERS OVER THEIR WORKERS’ COMP IMMUNITY

Date: September 24th, 2014

Last week the Washington Supreme Court held in favor of employer immunity under Washington’s workers’ compensation program in a case closely watched by Washington’s construction and business communities. The case involves employer liability for asbestos exposure 28 years ago, but the Supreme Court’s decision will … Read More »

AGC SUPPORTS EMPLOYER IMMUNITY FROM SUIT IN SUPREME COURT

Date: March 4th, 2014

A pending lawsuit against The Boeing Company threatens to impose new liability on Washington contractors whose employees have been exposed to toxic or harmful substances on a jobsite. The case involves employer liability for asbestos exposure 28 years ago, but the outcome of the case … Read More »

SICK LEAVE, POT LAWS LEAVE EMPLOYERS FEELING QUEASY

Date: May 6th, 2013
Categories: Employment

Has the city of Seattle gone too far with its current safe/sick time law? If you own a business anywhere outside of Seattle, but have employees who spend a fair amount of time within the city, you probably think the answer is yes. Seattle requires … Read More »

CITY OF SEATTLE’S PROPOSED CRIMINAL BACKGROUND ORDINANCE

Date: April 30th, 2013
Categories: Employment, Legislation

At some point in our lives we’ve all filled out job applications that ask whether we’ve ever been convicted of a crime. To most of us, it seems quite normal that an employer would want to know whether an applicant has a criminal conviction in … Read More »

SEATTLE’S NEW PAID LEAVE LAW HITS SEPTEMBER 1, 2012—IS YOUR BUSINESS READY?

Date: July 9th, 2012
Categories: Employment

Earlier this year Seattle became the third city in the country to require employers to provide paid sick leave and “safe” leave. Though the new law will exempt employers with less than 4 full-time employees and businesses less than 2 years old, it is sure … Read More »

LEGISLATION PROPOSED TO PROTECT EMPLOYERS FROM UNINTENDED LIABILITY FOR EMPLOYEE COMMUTE TIME

Date: February 28th, 2011
Categories: Employment, Legislation

In employment lawsuits it is rare for Washington courts to reach a result that makes both employers and employees worse off, but that happened several years ago in a case over compensation for commute time. In 2007 the Washington Supreme Court ruled that an employer … Read More »

SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION IS LIKELY FAIR GAME IN LAWSUITS

Date: January 21st, 2011

Information contained on social media sites such as Facebook and MySpace continues to be a hot button issue for lawyers and courts. It is becoming more and more common for parties in a lawsuit to demand that the opposing party produce their username and login … Read More »

INITIATIVE 1082 WOULD BRING DRAMATIC CHANGES TO WORKERS’ COMP

Date: July 14th, 2010

This week, Sam Reed, Washington”s Secretary of State, certified for the ballot Initiative 1082, which would allow private insurers to offer coverage for workplace injuries. Washington State is one of only four states that does not allow private insurers to offer workers’ compensation coverage (although … Read More »