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Thoughts on Leasing in a Troubled Commercial Real Estate Market
The COVID-19 pandemic brought changes to all aspects of life, some of which will never revert. In the world of real estate, the most significant change stems from the race to remote work instigated by the pandemic. Many companies and office workers d...
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Washington Public Contracts Require New Anti-Discrimination Clause Effective January 1, 2024
While current anti-discrimination laws in Washington (RCW Chapter 49.60) already apply to most employers, SB 5186 effective January 1, 2024, now requires that anti-discrimination clauses incorporating those protections be added to all public works co...
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The New Year Brings New Sick Leave Rules to Washington Construction Employers
As of January 1, 2024, Washington employers with commercial construction workers will need to be prepared to comply with new rules regarding paid sick leave. There are also new provisions applying to all employers. Employers with Covered Construction...
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Real Estate Commission Structure Found to Violate Antitrust Law
On October 31, 2023, a federal jury handed down the verdict: the National Association of Realtors and several national brokerages (collectively, NAR) “conspired to require home sellers to pay the broker representing the buyer of their homes in violat...
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Proposed Prop 65 Pose Increased Litigation Risks
California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has proposed changes to the short form warnings currently permitted by Proposition 65. These changes have the potential to greatly raise the cost of doing business in California....
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Wetlands Definition Watered Down: EPA Responds to U.S. Supreme Court Ruling
For decades, developers and environmental groups have disagreed about the scope of the Clean Water Act. The definition under scrutiny—the “Waters of the United States,” also known as WOTUS—establishes the geographic scope of federal jurisdiction unde...
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