Employment Law

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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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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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Legal Updates Employers May Have Missed This Spring

As employers have been dealing with the impact of COVID-19 and the new laws associated with the virus, other new laws or changes to existing legislation have transpired. The following is an overview of recent laws affecting employers in the Pacific Northwest. Washington Protected Class Updates: Effective June 11, 2020,… 

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Accommodating High-Risk Employees During a Pandemic

Employers are required to reasonably accommodate employees under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state disability laws. The ADA prohibits discrimination by an employer against any “qualified individual with a known disability” regarding job applications, hiring, advancement, termination, compensation, training, or other terms, conditions, or privileges of employment.Employers have…