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What Should Employers Do If an Employee Cannot Wear a Mask at Work?

Although opinions regarding masks and face coverings vary widely, guidance from health experts, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), states wearing masks or face coverings helps prevent the spread of COVID-19. Many state and local public health officials – including those in Washington, Oregon, and certain counties… 

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Political Speech and Activity in the Workplace

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With the presidential election fast approaching, employers are wise to brace for how political speech can encroach on the workplace. Whether employees use free speech arguments to disrupt work or customers take exception to an employee’s politically charged social media posts, an employer’s response must be informed by an understanding… 

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Keeping Your Costs Down in a Retro Environment Thru Claims Management

Most people know that in Washington, a Retro program is a safety incentive program that allows employers to earn refunds on their Labor & Industries (L&I) workers’ compensation insurance premiums. The goal for most employers is the refund, but how can you get a refund and keep your costs from… 

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Not All Virtual Learning is Created Equal – Strategies for Selecting Engaging E-Learning

This article was originally published on LinkedIn. With fall right around the corner and so many students heading back to school, there has been a lot of speculation about the effectiveness of remote learning. Although remote learning is a brand-new concept for many children in the United States, online education… 

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Strategies to Attract & Retain Employees During and After COVID-19

Your organization is most likely experiencing some level of economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. Across the Pacific Northwest, we see companies struggling to keep up and stretching themselves in ways they have never experienced before or anticipated a few months ago. Including those that had to close earlier in… 

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Workplace Harassment and Investigations in the Virtual Environment

Employers can be liable for harassing conduct even if it occurs outside the physical workplace. It can happen digitally in social media posts, or even in the perceived safety of an employee’s home. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, employees who still have jobs may be worried about job security and be… 

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The ADA Turns 30!

July 26, 2020, marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). When first enacted, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was considered the most important employment legislation since the Civil Rights Act of 1964.The ADA prohibits discrimination in all areas of public life, including employment, education, transportation,… 

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Managing Face Covering Requirements and Overheating

Employers have had to scramble to comply with several new federal, state, and local health directives intended to help combat the spread of COVID-19. In Washington and Oregon, employers must implement and enforce a variety of new rules such as enforcing six-foot physical distance between employees or customers when feasible,…