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Effective January 2024, New Washington Law Limits Employers’ Ability to Decline to Hire People for Past Cannabis Use
Although Washington decriminalized recreational use of cannabis in 2012, employers in Washington have been free to deny employment on the basis of any evidence of cannabis use, including pre-hire drug testing, and even if cannabis use was for medicin...
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Washington Update: With Few Exceptions, Employers May Not Search Employees’ Personal Vehicles
Beginning July 23, 2023, the ability of employers to search employees’ privately owned vehicles, even when located on the employer’s property, will be severely limited. Washington has just enacted a new statute that generally prohibits an employer fr...
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What Colleges and Universities Need to Know about Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Assistance Animals
This is the second blog post in our new series on Assistance Animals, Service Animals, and Emotional Support Animals. See the first post here. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for blog posts addressing unique questions and issues for employers and plac...
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Minimum Wage and Payroll Tax Changes Effective July 1, 2023, in Oregon and Washington
Oregon Minimum Wage Increases Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) recently announced the precise annual increase to Oregon’s minimum wage rates, which will go into effect on July 1, 2023. Oregon’s minimum wage rates will increase as follow...
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“No Spanish” Rule Is National Origin Discrimination and Retaliation, Says EEOC
Recently, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) settled charges of national origin discrimination and retaliation against Total Employment and Management (TEAM)—a Washington employer who instituted a “No Spanish” rule in its workplace....
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Beyond Accommodations: Supporting Workplace Neurodiversity
Neurodiversity is an issue gaining attention The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has been an extraordinarily successful law. Certainly, individuals working in human resources know that there are challenging aspects to it, but access to the abil...
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