Every year, hard working Washington and Oregon business owners are involved in employment discrimination lawsuits and are not prepared to defend themselves in court, even though they may very well have been in the right all along. There are a wide range of types of discrimination lawsuits out there, including race, age, religion, ethnicity, gender,…

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…

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…

We recently explored whether you can be held liable for your employees’ actions. A similar question that often comes up in the field of employment law is whether your employees can bind your business to contracts with third parties, such as the contracts your sales people use to sell your product to customers. The answer…

Last week, the United States Supreme Court heard arguments about the validity of the 2010 healthcare reform law. Although certain provisions aren’t set to take effect until 2014, small business owners across the nation were focused on the arguments because the Court’s decision could drastically affect the cost of employee health insurance today and into…

Great employees can be some of your business’s strongest assets. Although many business owners attempt to go it alone at the beginning, at some point you simply will not be able to do it all, and you’ll need to hire help. This is a great thing, because it probably means your business is growing! While…