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Playing Music in Your Business

If you wish to play any music in your establishment—whether it’s recorded background music, live music, a juke box, or a disc jockey—you must have a license. As the business owner,

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Pregnancy Accommodation

In 2017, the Legislature passed a new law providing specific civil rights protections for pregnant employees. If a pregnant employee works for an employer with 15 employees or more, she

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Employee Safety Alert Systems for Hotels

Here’s a quick overview of technology options that can help Seattle hotels comply with Seattle Municipal Code (SMC) 14.25, which concerns hotel employees’ health and safety. SMC 14.25 has been

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Delicatessens

Which food and beverage sales by a deli are subject to sales tax? Delicatessens usually make more than 75 percent of their food sales in prepared food. If your prepared

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Collecting Sales Tax

Sales of Prepared Food Washington law exempts most grocery type food from retail sales tax. However, the law does not exempt “prepared food,” “soft drinks,” or “dietary supplements.” Businesses that

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Summary of Tip Laws

Tips are any gratuitous payment made by a customer to one who serves the customer. They include cash tips, credit or debit card tips, or tips by check. If an

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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