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Washington State Passes Generous Paid Family and Medical Leave Law

On Wednesday July 5, 2017, Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill into law that will make Washington the fifth state in the nation to require paid family and medical leave for employees.  The bill is set to take effect on January 1, 2020, and provides among the most generous benefits of its kind in the country. The Basic Legal Framework … Continue reading »

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Can a Private Employer in Washington Test Its Employees for Marijuana?

Yes, even though Washington law permits individuals to engage in the recreational and medical uses of marijuana, a private employer can still test for and prohibit employees from using marijuana as part of its employment drug testing program. Unlike alcohol and other controlled substances, marijuana can be detected by a drug test for weeks after it has been used by … Continue reading »

Updated Fair Labor Standards Act Overtime Regulations

The new regulations, which go into effect on December 1, 2016, are expected to significantly increase the number of employees eligible for overtime compensation. Continue reading »

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FLSA Standards Clarified in Recent Supreme Court Case

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. v. Busk that employees at a Nevada warehouse do not need to be compensated for the time they spend going through security screenings at the ends of their shifts.  This decision reversed an earlier Ninth Circuit ruling in favor of the workers. In this case, the plaintiffs … Continue reading »