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Enforceability of noncompetition agreements

USA - May 1 2013 Noncompetition agreements are commonly used in employment relationships. They function as restrictive covenants, in which an employee contractually

Immigration law update: summer 2013

USA - July 31 2013 With the overturn of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), now former Secretary of Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano

What do I need to know about recent changes to the Washington state estate tax?

USA - July 31 2013 In June 2013, the State Legislature made several changes to Washington estate tax laws. Starting in January 2014, the Washington estate tax exemption

Properly classifying independent contractors and employees: have you passed Washington’s tests?

USA - March 8 2013 It is a common mistake for employers to misclassify individuals as independent contractors instead of employees. Determining whether someone should

New Seattle law limits use of criminal history in hiring

USA - August 9 2013 Last June, the City of Seattle passed a law limiting employers' ability to use criminal history information in hiring and employment decisions

Eight ways to make employee reviews meaningful

USA - November 20 2013 Employee reviews should be valuable to both the employer and its employees. Reviews are an opportunity for open communication to give praise and

Immigration law update: October 2013

USA - October 9 2013 USCIS: All offices are open and clients are asked to show up for all appointments at USCIS. Applications which are filed will continue to be processed

New Seattle law limits use of criminal history in hiring

USA - August 9 2013 Last June, the City of Seattle passed a law limiting employers' ability to use criminal history information in hiring and employment decisions

Washington Supreme Court holds title insurance underwriter liable for regulatory violations by appointed agent, notwithstanding the underwriter’s lack of a right to control

USA - August 9 2013 On Thursday, August 1, 2013, the Washington Supreme Court held a title insurer vicariously liable for an underwritten title company's ("UTC"

Immigration law update: summer 2013

USA - July 31 2013 With the overturn of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), now former Secretary of Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano