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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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Lessons from S-Town on Estate Planning Issues Affecting Vulnerable Adults

Pop culture sometimes provides us with valuable lessons about the importance of estate planning. For example, as Trusts & Estates magazine pointed out, at the heart of the first season of the hit show Empire was a story of the trials and tribulations of business succession planning, as the head of a record company and family patriarch is diagnosed with a terminal … 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 »

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 »

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 »