The Washington State Legislature is currently considering H.B. 1646, which would reaffirm many of the rights granted under State and Federal law regarding employees’ ability to discuss their wages amongst themselves and with their supervisors. Unlike other State and Federal laws, H.B. 1646 contains no exemption for certain employers regularly exempted from employment laws, such as public employers, religious employers, agricultural workers, certain overtime-exempt employees, or certain domestic workers. H.B. 1646 would also prohibit the assignment of less favorable employment based on gender, potentially requiring employers to articulate a reason for each job assignment and task given to a particular employee in the event a discrimination claim is raised. H.B. 1646 would also permit an employee to bring a private lawsuit and provides for payment of a successful plaintiff-employee’s attorney fees and damages. Please contact us with any questions or concerns regarding this bill and how it may impact your business.
On January 27, 2015, the Tacoma City Council approved an ordinance that will require employers that operate within the Tacoma City limits to offer at least three days of paid sick leave to both union and non-union employees. By the second year of employment, employees will be permitted to use up to five days of paid sick leave. The leave may also be used in a manner similar to that already provided under the State’s Domestic Violence Leave law. The ordinance will not take effect until February 1, 2016, after a period of rulemaking, to determine, among others things, whether this ordinance will apply to all employers of any size in Tacoma. Please feel free to contact us to discuss how this ordinance may impact your business and whether you should amend you handbook to reflect the changed requirements.
Ledger Square Law was honored to be one of the sponsors for the Tacoma/Pierce County YWCA’s biggest fundraiser held Saturday night. Glam That Gives is an annual auction fundraiser with a common goal to prevent domestic violence. This year’s theme was post World War II era French Quarter, New Orleans. Our clients, Ted and Debbie Gord, were our guests. Stu Morgan and his wife, Danica, attended, as well as Clemencia Castro-Woolery and her husband Rick Woolery. Their daughter, Sophia Woolery, attended and is also an attorney in Tacoma.