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Workplace Violence

Workplace violence can happen anywhere at any time. It can involve a single victim, such as the apartment manager stabbed to death in Everett in July 2010. It can involve

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Workers’ Compensation

What is workers’ compensation? Workers’ compensation (industrial insurance) coverage protects both workers and employers from the financial impact of a work-related injury or occupational disease. It pays for injured workers’

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Personal Chefs

Personal chefs are independent contractors (not employees) that prepare food in private homes for consumption by household members. Personal chefs may also prepare meals for social events, such as dinner

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More Favorable Laws

When is federal law applied over state law? If there are differences between federal and state laws or rules governing wages, hours and working conditions, the standard more favorable or

Government Affairs Minimum wage Paid Leave Resources

Washington State Minimum Wage (Initiative 1433)

Disclaimer – You are reading archive content on minimum wage. For the most current information, visit: Resources, FAQ, and Help I-1433 increased the minimum wage statewide to $11 per hour on

Full Service Quick Service Resources

National Restaurant Association Protects Debit Swipe-fee Provisions

Recently, the National Restaurant Association joined forces with dozens of other restaurant groups to launch a campaign against repealing debit swipe-fee protections under the Durbin Amendment. As of May 26

Lodging News Room Resources

Bed Bugs: Learn What To Do

The common bed bug (Cimex lectularius) has long been a pest. Although these bugs are called “bed bugs” they are not exclusively found in beds. They travel on people. People

Government Affairs Paid Leave Resources

Paid sick leave requirements

Starting January 1, 2018, employers in Washington will be required to provide their employees with paid sick leave. Accrual Paid sick leave shall accrue at a minimum rate of one

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Doing the Right Thing the Right Way: A Road Map to Workplace Safety

By Paul Schlienz No matter what you do, there is always the potential for something to go wrong in life and in work environments. Employers who accept this fact know

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Oily Rags Can Be Lethal: Protect Yourself, Protect Your Family

Oily Rags Can Be Lethal: Protect Yourself, Protect Your Family By Brad Tower Christmas 2016 was the first since the death of my three children. Ben, Maddy and Sam were

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Fire Prevention

Restaurants—with their open flames, hot equipment, electrical connections, cooking oils, cleaning chemicals and paper products—have all the ingredients for a fire to flame out of control. Nearly 8,000 eating and

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Food Trucks & Trailers

Step 1 – Check to See If You Have a Food Truck Does your food truck or trailer require an L&I inspection? If it does, you must get the inspection

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Paid Leave

In Nov. 2016, Washington state voters passed Initiative 1433, creating a new state mandate on employers to provide paid sick leave benefits. Here are the main details of the new

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Corkage Fees

What are corkage fees? Charges for customers to bring their own bottle of wine instead of purchasing the wine from the restaurant are typically called “corkage fees.” These fees are