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Washington Governor Creates COVID-19 Food Production Workers Paid Leave Program

Under the Washington COVID-19 Food Production Workers Paid Leave Program, no food production employer in Washington may operate from August 18, 2020, to November 13, 2020, unless the employer provides its workers with paid leave for certain qualifying events. The Program was created by Governor Jay Inslee under Proclamation 20-67. Read the full article here.  Read... Continue Reading…
August 20, 2020

Washington Governor Creates COVID-19 Food Production Workers Paid Leave Program

Under the Washington COVID-19 Food Production Workers Paid Leave Program, no food production employer in Washington may operate from August 18, 2020, to November 13, 2020, unless the employer provides its workers with paid leave for certain qualifying events. The Program was created by Governor Jay Inslee under Proclamation 20-67. Read the full article here.  Read... Continue Reading
August 20, 2020

Seattle Enacts Gig Worker Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance During COVID-19 Crisis

The Seattle City Council has enacted the Paid Sick and Safe Time for Gig Workers Ordinance, which temporarily provides paid sick and safe time (PSST) to “gig workers” for online-based food delivery network companies and drivers of transportation network companies with 250 or more gig workers worldwide. The ordinance takes effect July 13, 2020, and... Continue Reading…
June 23, 2020

Seattle Enacts Gig Worker Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance During COVID-19 Crisis

The Seattle City Council has enacted the Paid Sick and Safe Time for Gig Workers Ordinance, which temporarily provides paid sick and safe time (PSST) to “gig workers” for online-based food delivery network companies and drivers of transportation network companies with 250 or more gig workers worldwide. The ordinance takes effect July 13, 2020, and... Continue Reading
June 23, 2020

Seattle Bans Employers from Requiring Medical Verification for Paid Sick Leave for 60 Days

Under Seattle’s Paid Sick and Safe Time (PSST) law, an employer normally may require verification (including a doctor’s note) for the use of PSST after three consecutive workdays in which the employee uses paid sick/safe leave. But effective immediately and through June 7, 2020, employers may not require a doctor’s note or healthcare provider verification... Continue Reading
April 8, 2020

Seattle Bans Employers from Requiring Medical Verification for Paid Sick Leave for 60 Days

Under Seattle’s Paid Sick and Safe Time (PSST) law, an employer normally may require verification (including a doctor’s note) for the use of PSST after three consecutive workdays in which the employee uses paid sick/safe leave. But effective immediately and through June 7, 2020, employers may not require a doctor’s note or healthcare provider verification... Continue Reading…
April 8, 2020

Washington Supreme Court Confirms Higher Standard for Harassment at a “Place of Public Accommodation”

Under the Washington State Law Against Discrimination (“WLAD”), the statute prohibits “places of public accommodation” discriminating against individuals on the basis of sex, race, national origin, and sexual orientation. RCW 49.60.215. “Places of public accommodation” is broadly defined and includes all facilities or businesses used by or open to the public. Sexual harassment is a...… Continue Reading
June 25, 2019

Washington Governor Signs Non-Compete Law

On May 8, 2019, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed into law HB 1450, described as “AN ACT Relating to restraints, including noncompetition covenants, on persons engaging in lawful professions, trades, or businesses[.]”  While the Act does not take effect until January 1, 2020, its restrictions apply retroactively to existing agreements signed before that date. Our article...… Continue Reading The post Washington Governor Signs Non-Compete Law appeared first on Non-Compete and Trade Secrets Report.
May 9, 2019

Washington State Legislature Sends Comprehensive Non-Compete Bill To Governor’s Desk

On April 26, 2019, the two chambers of the Washington Legislature passed Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1450 (“HB 1450” or the “Non-Compete Act”), which regulates non-competition agreements with employees and independent contractors, and severely restricts franchisee no-poach agreements as well as policies against moonlighting. Governor Inslee is expected to sign the Act, which would take...… Continue Reading The post Washington State Legislature Sends Comprehensive Non-Compete Bill To Governor’s Desk appeared first on Non-Compete and Trade Secrets Report.
May 8, 2019

Washington State Legislature Sends Comprehensive Pay Equity Bill to Governor

The Washington Legislature has sent Governor Jay Inslee a proposed Act that would significantly broaden the state’s Equal Pay and Opportunity Act. The Governor is expected to approve it. Pay Equity and Gender Following Title VII principles, the Act defines “similarly employed” as jobs requiring “similar skill, effort, and responsibility… performed under similar working conditions.”...… Continue Reading
March 14, 2018