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Author Archives: Nicholas Gillard-Byers

Employer Attendance Policies Must Comply with Protected Leave Laws

Regular and predictable attendance is an essential function of most jobs, and many employers have policies in place to help ensure employees meet this basic requirement.  This is especially so as to absences where no advance notice is provided as these can be more disruptive to the workplace than where advance notice is provided.  Such… Read More »

Requirements of Seattle’s Secure Scheduling Ordinance

In 2017, Seattle’s Secure Scheduling ordinance took effect, requiring certain retail and restaurant employers to provide employees with more information and advance notice regarding their work schedules.  The ordinance applies only to employers with at least 500 employees (whether in Seattle or not) and, for restaurants, at least 40 locations (anywhere as long as one… Read More »

The Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave Act Takes Effect in 2019

In July 2017, Governor Inslee signed into law the Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave Act. The law creates a state-run insurance program that will be administered and enforced by the Employment Security Department. On January 1, 2019, premium collection will begin. On January 1, 2020, eligible employees will begin receiving benefits. At that point,… Read More »

June 7 Marks Significant Changes For Washington Employers

On June 7, 2018, six new Washington employment laws took effect.  They are summarized below. Washington Fair Chance Act Washington has joined Seattle as well as other cities and states in enacting a “Ban the Box” law restricting when and how employers may ask about an applicant’s criminal background.  Like the Seattle ordinance, per the… Read More »



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