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Texas Issued a Nationwide Injunction Blocking the Department of Labor’s “Overtime Rule”

Yesterday a federal court in Texas issued a nationwide injunction blocking the Department of Labor’s “overtime rule” that was scheduled to go into effect on December 1.

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Ninth Circuit Validates USDOL Tip Pool Rules

In a surprising decision, on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit validated the 2011 Rule by the United States Department of Labor (DOL) prohibiting tip pooling programs that include “back of the house” employees and other workers who are not customarily and regularly tipped (e.g., cooks, dishwashers).

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Noncompete Agreements Becoming Obsolete?

The state House of Representatives may soon send noncompete agreements down the way of the dodo bird . . . toward extinction.

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It’s an “Economic Reality”: Your Independent Contractors May Actually Be Employees

The federal Department of Labor (“DOL”), the agency charged with enforcing the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), recently published an Administrative Interpretation clarifying the test businesses must apply to determine whether workers are properly classified as independent contractors or if they are, in fact, employees.

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Restaurant Owners Take Note: Capital Gains Tax Legislation Proposed for 2016

The proposed legislation to impose a new capital gains tax in Washington State (House Bill 2224) should have little or no immediate effect upon a typical restaurant operator. This is because restaurant owners usually recognize ordinary income from their restaurant operations, not “capital gain” as defined in the Internal Revenue Code and in this bill.

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Portland Pondering Paid Sick Leave Proposal

Following the footsteps of San Francisco and Seattle, the Portland City Council may soon require employers within the Portland city limits to provide employees with paid sick leave.

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Time is Running Out! Your Checklist to Prepare for Seattle’s New Sick/Safe Leave Ordinance

Starting September 1, 2012, all businesses with employees who perform work in the Seattle city limits must comply with the Seattle Sick/Safe Leave Ordinance. If you haven’t reviewed your current sick leave policy to ensure it complies, or created a policy if necessary, now is the time.

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How Much is a Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment Worth? A Recent Verdict Suggests at Least $350,000

A recent verdict from a federal jury in Baltimore, Maryland demonstrates the importance of having a well-drafted, widely disseminated, and consistently enforced policy that prohibits discrimination and harassment in the workplace.

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