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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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

Employer Alert – Significant Restrictions on Noncompete Agreements to Take Effect January 1, 2020

ESHB 1450 was just signed into law in an effort to increase workforce mobility.  This law significantly restricts the ability of employers to impose noncompetition restrictions on employees and independent contractors.   It also restricts employer’s ability to prevent “moonlighting.” The law takes effect January 1, 2020, but it applies [...]

September 11th, 2019|

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 [...]

January 3rd, 2020|

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 [...]

January 3rd, 2020|

Employer Alert – Significant Restrictions on Noncompete Agreements to Take Effect January 1, 2020

ESHB 1450 was just signed into law in an effort to increase workforce mobility.  This law significantly restricts the ability of employers to impose noncompetition restrictions on employees and independent contractors.   It also restricts employer’s ability to prevent “moonlighting.” The law takes effect January 1, 2020, but it applies [...]

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|

Knowing the Waters – Political Campaigns

By Frank Chmelik of Chmelik Sitkin & Davis P.S. – May 2019 It is an odd numbered year which means two things – a pink salmon run will occur this summer and this is the “election season” for ports and many other local governments.  There were a lot [...]

September 11th, 2019|
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