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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 »

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As of April 1, 2017, All Employees Have a Private Cause of Action for Violations of Seattle’s Safe and Sick Leave Ordinance

As of April 1, 2017, failure to update employee handbooks and sick leave policies will carry drastic consequences for all Seattle employers with more than four full-time equivalent employees. Continue reading »

Washington’s New Minimum Wage and Sick Leave Law: Initiative 1433

Blog post written by Sara Campbell and Jay Corker Free. Initiative 1433 was approved by Washington voters on November 8, 2016.  The measure gradually increases the statewide minimum wage to $13.50 per hour by 2020, and requires employers to provide paid sick leave for workers beginning in 2018. Minimum Wage Increases Imposed by I-1433 Beginning on January 1, 2017, the … Continue reading »

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Washington’s Supreme Court Makes It More Difficult to Dismiss Employee Discrimination Claims

Washington’s Supreme Court recently ruled that even if an employer had a legitimate reason for terminating an employee, the employee can still prevail in a discrimination lawsuit if discrimination played a substantial factor in motivating the employer.  The court also ruled that a decision maker’s general comments in a public speech about a need to attract younger workers could be … Continue reading »