August 16, 2016

A little more than two years after passing its landmark $15 minimum-wage law, Seattle might soon be following in San Francisco’s footsteps with its proposed “Secure Scheduling” law. Last week, Mayor Ed Murray’s office released a summary of the bill, which, if passed by the Seattle City Council, will give hourly workers at large retail and restaurant establishments more advance notice of their schedules and pay them extra for being required to work on call. Murray says that the law will provide “workers with access to a reliable schedule that meets their life and financial needs, while balancing the daily realities facing large employers.” In its curren...

August 12, 2016

Am I Legally Required to Pay Severance to a Departing Employee?

One question that we get from employers and business owners all the time is “Am I legally required to pay severance?” The general answer is no, but the conversation doesn’t end there. In certain circumstances, an employer may be required to pay severance, such as when the employment agreement or employee handbook provides for the payment of severance to employees upon termination; if the employer indicated during the hiring interview that the company pays severance as an inducement for the employee to join its ranks; or if the employer’s past actions have created a pattern or practice of pa...

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