Posted on September 29, 2022 by Emery Reddy
In May 2022, the Emery Reddy team helped secure a $500,000 settlement for the family of Sunny Taylor, a longtime police officer with the Everett Police Department who died by suicide in 2020. In the wake of her tragic passing, her family opened an L&I claim for survivor benefits whi... (Read More)
Posted on September 23, 2022 by Emery Reddy
What is Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Time?
Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Time (PSST) is a law that requires employers to provide paid leave to their employees that can be used for medical reasons or domestic assault situations. The law was originally passed in 2012 and has changed to include differen... (Read More)
Posted on August 29, 2022 by Emery Reddy
FAQ about Washington Equal Pay and Opportunities Act
Recent changes to the Washington Equal Pay and Opportunities Act (EPOA) now requires employers to share the wage scale or salary range in all job postings, as well as a description of benefits offered to job seekers. In addition, employers are ... (Read More)
Posted on August 12, 2022 by Emery Reddy
In 2022, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed into law the Silenced No More Act (HB1795), which limits the use of workplace non-disclosure and non-disparagement agreements, commonly known as NDAs. Under the new law, employees and independent contractors throughout the state can no lon... (Read More)
Posted on July 22, 2022 by Emery Reddy
Seattle city employees who have become accustomed to working from home during the pandemic are threatening to quit in the face of a proposed hybrid work policy that would require them to return to the office at least two days a week.
Although the more restrictive work from home job policy announc... (Read More)
Posted on July 12, 2022 by Emery Reddy
As summer temperatures begin to climb across Washington state, a new set of emergency worker protection rules issued by the Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) are taking effect to protect workers during excessive heat warnings. The emergency rules, developed in reaction t... (Read More)
Posted on July 4, 2022 by Emery Reddy
Workers’ compensation benefits increased by 7.5% at the start of July in line with the state’s rising average wage, according to to the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I).
Washington’s average annual wage grew 7.5% to $82,508 in 2021, marking the second larges... (Read More)
Posted on June 22, 2022 by Emery Reddy
The US Supreme Court has overturned a 2018 Washington state law that gave federal contractors and subcontractors working at a nuclear waste site an easier path to collect workers’ compensation benefits.
In anticipation of the Supreme Court decision, Washington lawmakers recently amended the 2... (Read More)
Posted on May 30, 2022 by Emery Reddy
On the heels of unionization efforts at the University of Washington and the University of California, about 1,600 graduate and undergraduate student workers at Washington State University have filed a petition to form a labor union known as the WSU Coalition of Academic Student Employees / United... (Read More)
Posted on May 17, 2022 by Emery Reddy
Wage theft comes in many forms and affects all industries.
On May 11, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) and the state Attorney General’s office filed a wage and hour lawsuit against Spokane-based cannabis retailer Lovely Buds for failing to pay workers the over... (Read More)