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Automatic Tips? Not So Fast!

Those mandatory 18% tips on checks for large dining parties will get more expensive for restaurateurs starting January 1, 2014.

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City of Palo Alto Issues RFP For Renewable Energy

The City of Palo Alto, California, last week issued an RFP for renewable energy. The request calls for non-escalating contracts for periods of between 5 and 30 …

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You Are Not Your Employees’ “Friend”: New Washington Law Restricts Employer Access to Employees’ Social Media Activity

Are you curious about what your employees, or applicants for employment, might be saying or doing on Facebook and other social media sites?

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ACA Compliance Just Got Easier (For Now): The IRS Extends Compliance Deadline to January 1, 2015

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), employers with more than 50 employees will be required to provide health care for their full-time employees or face penalties.

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Defense Logistics Agency Seeks Renewable Energy Credits

The Defense Logistics Agency recently issued a Request for Proposals (“RFP”) for Renewable Energy Credits (“RECs”). The agency is seeking RECs equivalent to slightly less than 900,000,000 …

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Advertising in Electronic Media

Last September, I posted an article on the likelihood of future government regulatory and administrative actions regarding electronic media, and in particular mobile devices and applications that are used to advertise and obtain goods and services over the Internet.

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Second Chance for Criminals – More Regulations for Employers?

The controversial “Second Chance” bill passed the Seattle City Council unanimously on June 10, 2013, and becomes an additional requirement employers must follow in Seattle’s ever restrictive, employee-friendly canon of ordinances.

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Caution – Hazardous Materials on Premises!

In an article I wrote for the March 2013 issue of Western Real Estate Business Magazine, “A Tenant’s Guide to Environmental Liability Risk Management in Commercial Leases,” I wrote about drafting and negotiating commercial leases to protect the rights of tenants who need to bring and/or use hazardous materials on their leased premises.