News & Events2019-09-11T18:33:17-07:00



Updates to FLSA Exemptions

Exempt employees are not entitled to receive overtime.  Employers need to be aware of changes at both the state and federal level regarding exempt employees.  To be exempt, an employee must meet a three part test: (1) the salary basis test – the employee must be paid a predetermined and fixed salary that is not [...]

Most Washington Employees Will Soon Be Eligible for Paid Family and Medical Leave

Effective January 1, 2020, most Washington employees will become eligible to receive benefits from Washington’s Paid Family and Medical Leave (“PFML”) program, Title 50A RCW.  The PFLM program is an insurance program administered by the Employment Security Department (the “ESD”) that gives a partial wage replacement and other benefits to eligible Washington employees who take [...]

Long Term View on Short Term Rentals

Short term internet-based vacation rentals, such as AirBNB, and VRBO, are more popular than ever. Given the growing popularity of these short-term rentals, communities in Washington State with active tourism markets have been addressing how to regulate this emerging industry. Earlier this year, Washington State legislature enacted Chapter 64.37 RCW, which provides uniform requirements [...]

SELLER ALERT: New Penalties for Failing to Install Smoke Detectors Effective July 1, 2019

In May 2019, the Washington State Legislature enacted SSSB 5284, which substantially changes Fire Protection law and takes effect July 1, 2019. These changes apply to Sellers of all dwelling units. A Dwelling Unit is defined as a single unit providing complete, independent living facilities for one or more persons including permanent provisions for [...]