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Guns in the Workplace: Managing Your Business’ Risk

The debate over firearm regulation is as old as firearms themselves. Recently, the debate has been brought to the forefront because of the actions of mentally ill people in Colorado, Connecticut, Washington D.C., and Arizona, among other places. But how does firearm regulation affect you day to day as a business owner or employee in Washington? That is, what should you know about guns in the workplace?

What can your employees do lawfully with their guns?

Business owners and employees are subject to the general carry laws in Washington. These gun laws allow a person to open-carry (visible in a holster) in most places or conceal a pistol while in that person’s fixed place of business without a concealed pistol license (“CPL”)....

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What Should Your Employee Handbook Include?

An employee handbook can be one of the most important tools you can use to communicate with your employees. A carefully drafted employee handbook will detail your expectations for your employees, as well as what your employees can expect from the company. The handbook should describe your legal obligations as the employer and your employees’ rights. Today’s post details some of the most important sections you should include in your employee handbook.

Anti-Discrimination and Harassment Policies As an employer you are required to comply with equal employment opportunity laws, which prohibit discrimination and harassment, including the Americans with Disabilities Act. It’s important to include a section about these laws in your employee handbook to detail how your employees are expected to comply.

The...

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The Latest Attempts to Detect, Prevent, and Remedy Employee Misclassification Abuses

In late 2011, the US Department of Labor (DOL) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding that aimed to improve the two agencies’ efforts to put an end to the business practice of misclassifying employees in order to avoid providing employment protections. In addition, labor commissioners and other key agency players in seven states (Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Utah and Washington) have signed similar memos with the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division, as well as the Employee Benefits Security Administration, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, and Office of the Solicitor.

Detect, Prevent, and Remedy Misclassifications The memorandum of understanding comes as part of the DOL’s Misclassification Initiative to detect, prevent, and remedy employee misclassification. The ultimate goal...

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