Washington Department of Labor & Industries Institutes New Emergency Rules for Washington Employers During Pandemics and Health Emergencies

Washington Department of Labor & Industries Institutes New Emergency Rules for Washington Employers During Pandemics and Health Emergencies

ByLucy LukeOctober 6, 20213 min read

Washington Department of Labor & Industries Institutes New Emergency Rules for Washington Employers During Pandemics and Health Emergencies On May 11, 2021, the Health Emergency Labor Standards Act (HELSA) became effective.  HELSA applies to workplaces during a declared public health…

Washington State Adopts New Noncompetition Restrictions

Washington State Adopts New Noncompetition Restrictions

ByLucy LukeJanuary 5, 20214 min read

Governor Jay Inslee signed legislation that will significantly restrict the use of noncompetition agreements. The new law covers Washington-based employees and independent contractors. And, for employers, enforcement of noncompete agreements will be much more challenging and costly. The new noncompetition restrictions will…

Washington’s New Overtime Rules

Washington’s New Overtime Rules

ByLucy LukeMarch 5, 20203 min read

Starting July 1, 2020, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) will implement significant revisions to Washington’s overtime rules. The new rules increase the salary threshold and update the job duties tests that are used to determine whether an…

Employers’ Response and Advice Regarding the Coronavirus Outbreak

Employers’ Response and Advice Regarding the Coronavirus Outbreak

ByLucy LukeMarch 5, 20203 min read

As U.S. officials encourage the American public and companies to prepare for the continued spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), employers will need to keep in mind the current state of applicable employment laws when deciding how to respond. A company’s…

Employee versus Independent Contractor – Final Rule Announced

Employee versus Independent Contractor – Final Rule Announced

ByLucy LukeMay 5, 20192 min read

On January 6, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule that is intended to clarify the standard for employee versus independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The effective date of the final rule is…