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With the Legalization of Medical and Recreational Marijuana, Is Zero Tolerance Still Realistic for Employers?

It has been ten years since Washington voters approved I-502, legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in the state. Oregon voters followed suit and legalized recreational use in 2014. Despite legalization at the state level, marijuana’s continued unlawfulness under federal law has caused many employers to...
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Unique Considerations for Hiring Teenagers This Summer

As summer is fast approaching, many employers tap into a newly available talent pool for their seasonal positions – teenagers on summer break from school. Summer jobs can be a win-win solution for employers and young workers alike. Employers can fill open hourly positions that have been difficult to recruit for in...
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Gender Pay Equity in a Competitive Post-Pandemic Labor Market

It’s almost the second quarter of 2022. Many employers, large and small, are currently facing a tight labor market, unprecedented turnover, and workforce disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To help combat these challenges, employers may find that focusing on better pay equity practices will not only ensure...

Are Union Employers Required to Engage in Bargaining Before Deducting the New Long-Term Care Tax?

Governor Jay Inslee passed the nation’s first long-term care insurance (LTI) for Washington employees last spring. The LTI program mandates a payroll tax for Washington-based employees to pay for long-term care expenses. The statutory language provides that an employer “must collect” LTI premiums from employees...
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