In Boston, lawmakers decided not to include the restriction of the non-compete agreement in their Economic Development Bill session last Thursday.  The bill is meant to spur jobs in the region, and non-competition agreements were just one of many items up for debate. According to the Seattle PI, Governor Deval Patrick said the state should…

There are dozens of policies, rules, and laws that govern employment in Washington State. Business owners have to know and abide by these laws to avoid business litigation issues from employees and to stay in compliance with state and federal regulations. It may take years for a business owner or an employee to become familiar…

Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trailblazers owner Paul Allen is getting a little wealthier. Earlier this month a previous employee was ordered to pay $45,000 to Vulcan, Inc, which Allen co-founded. For almost 30 years, the company has managed investments and projects of Allen’s. Allegedly, the hostile work environment included mistreatment, sexual harassment, and illegal activity….

Disturbing reports from Oregon and other Northwestern states reveal young workers are more likely to face sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace and are less likely to seek help from discrimination defense lawyers in the Portland areas. As many as one in three teens in Oregon have experiences some form of sexual harassment at…

In almost every serious civil action (lawsuit), there will be an exchange of documents and information within a few months of filing and service of summons. When you are involved – or about to be involved – in a case to protect your business interests, it is vital that you have your affairs in order….

Many people view New Year’s Day as a fresh start, an opportunity to make changes and improvements to their lives. New Year’s resolutions like losing weight, improving relationships, or finishing a long-term project are so commonplace that they’ve become clichés; instead, why not use each new year as a chance to make some uncommonly good…

It might be a merry time of year, but the holidays can also be a major headache for business owners. Imagine a scenario where you’ve thrown a holiday office party as a thank you for everyone’s hard work, and then you witness an employee who’s getting too familiar with some female attendees. Suddenly, your well-intentioned…

Employee vacations are a fundamental part of your Washington or Oregon business setup. Your policy on employee vacations is a reflection of your business culture and the kind of company you want it to be. Unfortunately, conflicts often arise because the needs of the business can interfere with the vacation plans of your employees. If…

Employee fraud is actually a serious problem among businesses, with nearly one in three businesses bankruptcies a result of dishonest employees. It’s crucial that you treat this threat seriously. You’ll want to know the warning signs of employee fraud, put systems in place to prevent it, and have a competent litigation attorney to advise you…

In the life of any business, as a company attorney can attest, there are a few major milestones that represent a huge step up in recognition and achievement. These thresholds often come from actions that can only be taken through legal channels, such as incorporation, issuing stock, hiring employees, and more. If you’re ready to…