Author Archives: Chris Hilgenfeld

Employers Should be Prepared for Union Organizing Under New “Quickie” Election Rules

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has recently issued its final rules regarding union representation case procedures.  These rules are commonly referred to as quickie election rules. These quickie election rules seek to expedite the election process.  They limit an employer’s ability to respond to union campaigns, effectively ambushing an unprepared Employer. BACKGROUND The NLRB is the federal agency responsible for governing private sector employer-union relations.  Part of its charge includes conducting elections for labor union representatives.  Representation elections may … Continue reading

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The City of Tacoma has now joined the paid leave party, started by San Francisco, Seattle and Portland.  On January 27, 2015, the Tacoma City Council passed an ordinance regulating paid leave requirements.  The law takes effect on February 1, 2016. Unlike Seattle and Portland, the new law does not differentiate between the businesses size.  All employers – no matter the size – are required to provide paid sick leave as detailed by the ordinance and the impending administrative rules. … Continue reading

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Washington’s Marijuana Laws: Can Employers Still Drug Test?

In November 2012, Washington voters passed Initiative 502, which decriminalized marijuana in certain instances and created a system for distribution regulated by the Washington State Liquor Control Board.  This new law, along with Washington’s Medical Use of Marijuana Act (i.e., medical marijuana), has created questions and concerns for all employers. There are a number of questions that have arisen from these new marijuana laws in Washington.  Employers in the hotel and lodging industry should visit:  Many of those questions  … Continue reading

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