Seattle 2020 Minimum Wage Announced

The Seattle Office of Labor Standards just announced an increase to Seattle minimum wage, effective January 1, 2020.  The 2020 minimum wage rates for employees working within the city of Seattle are as follows: Large employers (501+ employees) – $16.39/hour Small employers (500 or fewer employees, who do not pay at least $2.25/hour toward the… Continue reading Seattle 2020 Minimum Wage Announced

Oregon Pregnancy Accommodation Notice

As you know, Oregon’s law prohibiting pregnancy discrimination and requiring accommodations for pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions goes into effect on January 1, 2020.  Employers are required to post about the new law and provide notice to employees as follows: New employees – at the time of hire; Existing employees, by June 29, 2020; and… Continue reading Oregon Pregnancy Accommodation Notice

Reminder, Information is Not a Trade Secret if you do not keep it Secret!

We have posted in the past about the definition of “trade secret” and what an employer must show when seeking to protect “trade secrets from theft by former employees. Under Oregon law, a trade secret means information that (i) derives independent economic value, actual or potential, from not being generally known to the public or… Continue reading Reminder, Information is Not a Trade Secret if you do not keep it Secret!

DOL Issues New Overtime Rule

Today, the DOL finally issued a new rule that updates the “thresholds necessary to exempt  executive, administrative, or professional employees from the FLSA’s minimum wage and overtime pay requirements.”  Beginning January 1, 2020, the salary threshold for exempt employees will be $684 per week (up from $455 per week).  That means that   beginning January… Continue reading DOL Issues New Overtime Rule

Coming Soon – DOL’s New Rule on Calculating Regular Rate of Pay

The FLSA requires employers to include the value of certain kinds of perks, benefits and other items (“Extras”) in an employee’s regular rate of pay for purposes of calculating overtime. This can create a mathematical and economic nightmare for employers where the Extras are provided periodically or at year end, requiring a retroactive recalculation of… Continue reading Coming Soon – DOL’s New Rule on Calculating Regular Rate of Pay