sick leave

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 Supreme Court Insulates Insurance Companies from IFCA Lawsuits Based on Regulatory Violations

The Washington Supreme Court issued a recent decision that significantly limits the scope of claims an insured can make against its insurer under the Washington Insurance Fair Conduct Act (IFCA).  In Perez-Crisantos v. State Farm Fire and Casualty Co., No. 92267-5, WL 448991 (February 2, 2017), the Court insulated insurers that violate insurance regulations by ruling that the insured could … Continue reading »

Possible Expansion of Responsible Parties Under the MTCA

Washington State’s Model Toxics Control Act Washington State’s Model Toxics Control Act (“MTCA”), the state’s counterpart to the federal Superfund law, also known as the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (“CERCLA”), provides that current and former property owners or operators of contaminated property are potentially liable persons for the release or disposal of hazardous substances. An “owner or … 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 »

Undercover Tenant-Screening Stings are Ensnaring Well-Intentioned, Unsuspecting Landlords

Blog post written by Scott Feir and Jay Corker Free. Ensuring tenant safety just became more challenging. HUD and the Washington State Attorney General’s Office recently informed landlords that turning down housing applicants based on their criminal records may constitute unlawful race-based discrimination — even if they have no intention to discriminate — because such a policy has a disproportionate … Continue reading »

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