News & Insights2020-07-22T16:05:19-07:00

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CHMELIK SITKIN & DAVIS HAS RE-OPENED

We are open for operations, subject to Phase 2 of Washington’s COVID-19 Safe Start Plan safety procedures. Here is a summary of our Phase 2 plan: Our front door shall remain locked, but we are available to meet with you in our office if you schedule a meeting in advance. [...]

June 8th, 2020|

Continuing Operations During Covid-19

Chmelik Sitkin & Davis is committed to providing our clients with the highest levels of service. We care deeply about community, our clients and our staff. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted not only our own team and clients, but also the global community at large. We recognize that our [...]

March 16th, 2020|

HGTV Magazine Features Handiwork of CSD Paralegal Jenny Brumfield

We’re thrilled to see the handiwork of long time CSD paralegal, Jenny Brumfield, land on the cover of the July/August issue of HGTV magazine.  Jenny said she was surprised to see it there as the magazine had originally reached out to her in the spring but then indicated they [...]

September 11th, 2019|

BREAKING NEWS: SBA MODIFYING PPP RULES

On Monday, June 8, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a statement that they will be modifying the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to align with Congress’ amendments in the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act. Take away:  The bottom line is that SBA will be issuing rules and guidance, a [...]

June 9th, 2020|

CHMELIK SITKIN & DAVIS HAS RE-OPENED

We are open for operations, subject to Phase 2 of Washington’s COVID-19 Safe Start Plan safety procedures. Here is a summary of our Phase 2 plan: Our front door shall remain locked, but we are available to meet with you in our office if you schedule a meeting in advance. [...]

June 8th, 2020|

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Audits

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) established the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), under which certain businesses could apply for loans, a portion of which is eligible for forgiveness through the Small Business Administration. As part of the application for the PPP funds, the borrower makes a [...]

June 8th, 2020|

BREAKING NEWS: REOPENING RESOURCE FOR BUSINESSES

The Association of Washington Business (AWB) in partnership with the State of Washington has established a AWB Rebound and Recovery website (https://www.reboundandrecovery.org/) to help Washington businesses reopen smoothly. The website has two main lines of effort: Reopening Tool Kit: AWB has developed customizable materials to support a business’ reopening by [...]

June 2nd, 2020|

BREAKING NEWS: PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM LOAN FORGIVENESS APPLICATION IS OUT

On Friday, May 15, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the U.S. Department of Treasury, released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application.  The link to the form/instructions is provided below. Background:  The PPP was created by the CARES Act to provide forgivable loans to eligible [...]

May 18th, 2020|

Managing Employees Return to Work After COVID-19 Pandemic – Food for Thought

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released additional guidance for employers on what they can do when employees begin returning to work to balance a safe work environment with employment laws.  The publication can be found at: https://www.eeoc.gov/newsroom/eeoc-updates-covid-19-technical-assistance-publication The publication, entitled “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and [...]

May 8th, 2020|

My Commercial Tenant has Filed for Bankruptcy. Now What?

As we are all now too aware, circumstances, whether health or financial, can change rapidly. In addition to impacting our personal lives, global events can impact drastically what was an otherwise productive business relationship. One example of the turmoil that can result from such an upheaval for a commercial landlord [...]

April 3rd, 2020|

Updates to the Industrial Stormwater General Permit

When the usual grey Washington weather turns to dry summertime in July and August, stormwater is likely the last thing on anyone’s mind.  That could become a problem for companies holding a newly updated Industrial Stormwater General Permit (“ISGP”). ISGPs are issued by the Washington State Department of Ecology (“Ecology”) [...]

July 28th, 2020|

BREAKING NEWS: SBA MODIFYING PPP RULES

On Monday, June 8, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a statement that they will be modifying the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to align with Congress’ amendments in the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act. Take away:  The bottom line is that SBA will be issuing rules and guidance, a [...]

June 9th, 2020|

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Audits

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) established the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), under which certain businesses could apply for loans, a portion of which is eligible for forgiveness through the Small Business Administration. As part of the application for the PPP funds, the borrower makes a [...]

June 8th, 2020|

BREAKING NEWS: REOPENING RESOURCE FOR BUSINESSES

The Association of Washington Business (AWB) in partnership with the State of Washington has established a AWB Rebound and Recovery website (https://www.reboundandrecovery.org/) to help Washington businesses reopen smoothly. The website has two main lines of effort: Reopening Tool Kit: AWB has developed customizable materials to support a business’ reopening by [...]

June 2nd, 2020|

BREAKING NEWS: PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM LOAN FORGIVENESS APPLICATION IS OUT

On Friday, May 15, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the U.S. Department of Treasury, released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application.  The link to the form/instructions is provided below. Background:  The PPP was created by the CARES Act to provide forgivable loans to eligible [...]

May 18th, 2020|

Checklist for Business Restart under Washington SafeStart Phase 1 and 2 

All Washingtonians are anxious to “Re-start” our lives. Businesses small and large will be on the forefront of re-opening Washington subject to certain requirements imposed by the SafeStart order.    SafeStart Washington Phase 1 begins on May 5, 2020 and allows the following businesses to operate: essential businesses already open, existing [...]

May 5th, 2020|

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 [...]

December 18th, 2019|

Construction Law Update: Binding Subcontractors to Terms of a Prime Contract

A recent Washington court case indicates that contractors should take additional proactive steps to ensure that subcontracts are bound to the terms of prime contracts incorporated by reference in a subcontract.  Earlier this year, the Washington Court of Appeals for Division 1 issued an unpublished opinion in Edifice Construction Company, [...]

July 31st, 2020|

Managing Employees Return to Work After COVID-19 Pandemic – Food for Thought

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released additional guidance for employers on what they can do when employees begin returning to work to balance a safe work environment with employment laws.  The publication can be found at: https://www.eeoc.gov/newsroom/eeoc-updates-covid-19-technical-assistance-publication The publication, entitled “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and [...]

May 8th, 2020|

Remote Working During COVID-19 Pandemic

Under Proclamation 20-05, employees who work for an essential business may continue to perform their duties at their normal worksite.  Even so, there may be prudent business reasons, or in some cases legal requirements (e.g., with high-risk workers) to have some employees perform their work remotely.   Businesses that have not [...]

May 6th, 2020|

Paycheck Protection Program Rules Need Monitoring

Late last week the IRS issued a rule that no deduction is allowed under the Internal Revenue Code for an expense that is otherwise deductible if the payment of the expense results in forgiveness of a covered loan pursuant to section 1106(b) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security [...]

May 4th, 2020|

Proclamation 20-46: High-risk Employee – Workers’ Rights

On April 13, 2020, Gov. Jay Inslee issued Proclamation 20-46 giving high-risk employees’ rights and protections related to the COVID-19 disease. High-risk employees are those identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at higher risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19, including those over 65 years of [...]

April 17th, 2020|

Avoid Costly Reporting Mistakes with Workers’ Compensation

All Washington businesses insured by Workers’ Compensation administered by the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) pay premiums based on rates that vary by “risk classification.” L&I has identified over 300 risk classifications, which they use to reflect the estimated cost of insuring work in each particular class.  Each year, [...]

March 12th, 2020|

Updates to the Industrial Stormwater General Permit

When the usual grey Washington weather turns to dry summertime in July and August, stormwater is likely the last thing on anyone’s mind.  That could become a problem for companies holding a newly updated Industrial Stormwater General Permit (“ISGP”). ISGPs are issued by the Washington State Department of Ecology (“Ecology”) [...]

July 28th, 2020|

Division One Court of Appeals Finds that Wood Waste is a Hazardous Substance Under the Model Toxics Control Act that Could Require Contribution of Remediation Costs

By Brian Nadler of Chmelik Sitkin & Davis P.S. – September 2019 On August 19, 2019, the Division One Court of Appeals decided Port of Anacortes v. Frontier Industries, Inc., — P.3d —-, 2019 WL 3887412 (Div. 1 2019).  Chmelik Sitkin & Davis successfully represented the plaintiff, Port of [...]

September 11th, 2019|

Updating your Estate Planning During COVID-19

The COVID-19 has unsettled all of our lives. We are dealing with monumental change and uncertainty daily.   Many of our clients are calling to ask how they can update their estate plan during this public health crisis or how they can implement new estate planning that they have put off.    [...]

April 2nd, 2020|

Business Interruption Insurance for COVID-19 Claims

So, your business has shut down because it does not fall into one of the “essential” categories described by the State of Washington as it relates to the COVID-19 outbreak.  Your company has business interruption insurance but your broker has told you that it will not cover your lost business [...]

April 21st, 2020|

Division One Court of Appeals Finds that Wood Waste is a Hazardous Substance Under the Model Toxics Control Act that Could Require Contribution of Remediation Costs

By Brian Nadler of Chmelik Sitkin & Davis P.S. – September 2019 On August 19, 2019, the Division One Court of Appeals decided Port of Anacortes v. Frontier Industries, Inc., — P.3d —-, 2019 WL 3887412 (Div. 1 2019).  Chmelik Sitkin & Davis successfully represented the plaintiff, Port of [...]

September 11th, 2019|

Update: Effect of Governor’s Orders on Suspension of Public Records Act – Extended to May 11, and Open Public Meetings Act Suspension to May 31, 2020

On May 4, 2020, Governor Inslee extended the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order through May 31, 2020. On May 5, 2020, Governor Inslee issued Proclamation 20-28.2 which extended certain statutory waivers and suspensions until May 31, 2020, except for RCW 42.56.520(1) – the “prompt response” requirement of the Public Records [...]

May 7th, 2020|

My Commercial Tenant has Filed for Bankruptcy. Now What?

As we are all now too aware, circumstances, whether health or financial, can change rapidly. In addition to impacting our personal lives, global events can impact drastically what was an otherwise productive business relationship. One example of the turmoil that can result from such an upheaval for a commercial landlord [...]

April 3rd, 2020|

More Changes in Store for Residential Landlord Tenant Laws July 2020

A year after the legislature overhauled the Washington Residential Landlord Tenant Act (RLTA), Chapter 59.18 RCW, the legislature has again imposed new regulations impacting Washington residential landlord tenant laws. [For a summary of the July 2019 changes, see Article: Important Changes to Washington Residential Landlord Tenant Law].  The new 2020 [...]

July 2nd, 2020|

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 [...]

December 18th, 2019|

Important Changes to Washington Residential Landlord Tenant Law

Recently adopted Senate Bill 5600 substantially amends Washington residential landlord tenant law effective July 28, 2019.[1]  These changes apply to all existing residential leases, regardless of the terms in those leases.  This article briefly addresses the major changes and provides recommendations for landlords to consider. Overview of the New [...]

September 11th, 2019|
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