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Washington’s New Statutory Wage Lien: The Next Pressure Tactic Against WA Employers
As we look ahead to 2022, it’s time to remind Washington employers that the Washington Wage Recovery Act (the “Act”) becomes effective January 1, 2022. Under the Act, employees can attach a lien (i.e., a legal hold) on certain property for alleg...
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2022 Washington Compensation Requirements, Changes in the PFML Premiums and Benefits, and the New WA Cares Act Premiums
Nov 22, 2021
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2022 Washington Compensation Requirements for Minimum Wage, Exemptions, and Noncompetition Agreements Each year, the Washington State minimum wage, white-collar exemption minimum salary level, and minimum earnings thresholds to enforce noncompetitio...
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Finally, a Break! The Ninth Circuit Rules for California Employers on Arbitration Agreements
Nov 11, 2021
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This month, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed course and held that the arbitration agreement signed by a H-2A temporary farm worker was valid and enforceable. This decision is instructive for California employers on how to roll out (and def...
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NLRB General Counsel Declares That College Athletes Are Employees
On September 29, 2021, General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo (the “GC”) for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued General Counsel Memorandum 21-08 (“GC Memo”) announcing that scholarship athletes at private universities playing football in the...
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New Oregon Laws Impacting Employers in 2021
Jul 21, 2021
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The Oregon Legislature passed a number of bills this session that may affect employers, including new restricting noncompetition agreements, expanding employment and school district discrimination definitions related to hairstyles and dress codes, an...
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How HOT Is Too HOT? Oregon OSHA’s New High and Extreme Heat Rule
For a printable PDF copy of this article, please click here. During Oregon’s extreme heat wave in June, an agricultural worker in Marion County tragically passed away as a result of heat illness. In response, Oregon OSHA adopted a temporary emergenc...
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