Articles in Legislation

VICTORY FOR CONTRACTORS IN OLYMPIA: GOVERNOR SIGNS VENUE BILL

Date: May 1st, 2015

On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law HB 1601. For far too long, Washington counties had contracted around existing Washington law that gave a contractor the choice to sue a county in either that county, or one of the two nearest … 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 »

TIME TO KILL WASHINGTON’S FRIVOLOUS LIEN STATUTE

Date: March 15th, 2011

Sometimes a great idea doesn”t work out. That has proven true with Washington”s frivolous lien statute, and now is the time to kill it and start over. Twenty years ago the construction industry worked with the legislature to revamp Washington”s lien laws. As part of … 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 »

PROPOSED LIEN BILL IN RESPONSE TO WILLIAMS V. ATHLETIC FIELD

Date: February 9th, 2011

The Washington State Legislature is currently considering proposed legislation intended to remedy the defect in the mechanics lien statute highlighted by the recent decision in Williams v. Athletic Field. The proposed legislation – House Bill 1708 – seeks to amend RCW 60.04.091 by eliminating language … 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 »