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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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Employee Apparel

Employers are not required to compensate their employees for apparel that an employer requires them to wear during working hours UNLESS the required apparel is a uniform.   A uniform

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Meals and Breaks

Definitions The normal working day is considered to be eight hours of work. Meal periods must be a minimum of 30 minutes. Meal periods are not considered to be part

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Payroll Deductions

During an ongoing employment relationship (i.e., employee is still employed with the employer on payday), the following deductions are allowed, and may reduce the employee’s wage below the minimum wage

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Terminating an Employee

Employers must take a great deal of care when terminating an employee. This summary outlines some of the legal claims that can result from terminations and some suggestions to follow

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Prohibited Duties for Minors

Alcohol Occupations involving the sale, handling or serving of any liquor, either on a paid or voluntary basis.   Deep Fryers Minors may use fryers for cooking purposes. Although L&I

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Preventing Teen Injuries

Employment data show the hospitality and retail industries, including restaurants, employ 50 percent of teenagers, which contributes to the high incidence of injury to teens. In 2000, the Washington State

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“Show Up” Pay

An employer is not required by law to give advance notice to change an employee’s shift or to shorten it or lengthen it, thus there is no legal requirement for

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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

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Using Teen Labor

The following is a checklist of what to have on file and regulations to follow when employing teen workers. There are three things an employer must have to employ youth

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Cover Charges

Does sales tax apply to cover charges? A cover charge is generally a fee that is collected from guests to allow guests entry to a specific event or activity. The

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Handwashing

It’s All in the Hands… Foodborne illnesses from ill food workers are spread by the hands. Many of the employee hygiene requirements in the food rule are designed to prevent

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Washington Food Rule

Cook-Chill & Sous Vide (The revised rule adds requirements for cook-chill and sous vide.) Traditional cook-chill and sous vide preparations require sealing food in air-tight bags. This oxygen-reduced, anaerobic environment can