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February Message - Happy February

Posted Saturday, February 1, 2020 by Kim Sandher

February is a month for celebrating national African American history by honoring the contributions African Americans have made to the history of this country in their struggles for freedom and equality. February is also the month of love. We hope you…

Mike Larson Retirement Announcement

Posted Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by Kim Sandher

Late last year, Mike Larson announced his plan to retire on October 31, 2019. By now, Mike’s clients should have received a letter from Mike announcing his retirement and introducing other attorneys at the firm who will continue to meet the needs of all…

Supreme Court Confirms General Contractors Have Duties to Provide a Safe Workplace for All

Posted Friday, January 10, 2020 by Kim Sandher

Case Law Update: Supreme Court Says General Contractors Have Duties to Provide a Safe Workplace for All

Five frequently asked questions about Starting Your Own Business

Posted Friday, January 3, 2020 by Kim Sandher

Five frequently asked questions about Starting Your Own Business

January Message - Happy New Year from Pivotal Law Group

Posted Wednesday, January 1, 2020 by Kim Sandher

Happy New Year from Pivotal Law Group

How to Register & License an LLC in Washington

Posted Friday, December 6, 2019 by Kim Sandher

This blog focuses on a new domestic LLC being set up, not a foreign one looking to do business in Washington.

Seattle's Commuter Ordinance

Posted Friday, November 1, 2019 by Kim Sandher

Seattle businesses with at least twenty employees must allow employee to make pre-tax deduction for transit and vanpool expenses per new commuter ordinance

Minimum Wage Increase Reminder for Seattle Businesses

Posted Friday, November 1, 2019 by Kim Sandher

Effective January 1, 2020 the Seattle Minimum Wage Ordinance requires the following minimum wage be paid to all employees working in Seattle, regardless of the location of the employer: Large Employers (501 or more employees): $16.39/hour Small Employers…

Case Law Update: “Insane Delusion” in the context of a Will Contest

Posted Wednesday, October 23, 2019 by Christopher L. Thayer

In Rai-Choudhury v. Inslee (78696-2-1, 10/21/19, Division I), the daughter of a decedent challenged her mother’s updated Last Will and Testament, contending her mother was suffering from an “insane delusion” which materially affected her mother’s…

Five Key Terms for Private Construction Contracts

Posted Friday, August 9, 2019 by Kim Sandher

Although there are many pieces to the construction contract, contractors should pay attention to the below five provisions during the negotiation and drafting stages of the contract. Even if not in the negotiation phase, every contractor should have…

Case Law Update: The Doctrine of Laches

Posted Thursday, August 1, 2019 by Christopher L. Thayer

In a recent procedurally complex case involving foreclosure of a lien by a condominium association for unpaid dues, the Court of Appeals (Division 1) in Eastlake Lofts Condominium Association v. Hoover (No. 78266-5-1) recently addressed the doctrine of…

New Washington Non-Compete Bill: Many Covenants for Employees and Independent Contractors Unenforceable

Posted Monday, July 8, 2019 by Kim Sandher

Legal Update for Business Owners

Case Law Update: The Tort of Outrage/Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress

Posted Monday, July 8, 2019 by Christopher L. Thayer

The Washington Court of Appeals Division III recently addressed a case involving the tort of Outrage, also known as Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress in Spicer v. Patnode, No. 36065-2-III, June 25, 2019. Claims for Outrage are fairly rare as…

Lime, Bird, Uber, Spin, Lyft, Jump and other electric scooters may be coming to Seattle soon – what happens if you are injured?

Posted Wednesday, June 5, 2019 by Christopher L. Thayer

Residents of Seattle have become accustomed to the presence of Lime Bikes, the colorful green and yellow bicycles for rent via an app on your smart phone. An increasing number of these bikes are electric, and soon Lime (and perhaps others) will be adding…

Significant Changes in Washington’s Landlord-Tenant Laws (2019)

Posted Friday, May 17, 2019 by Christopher L. Thayer

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has recently signed Senate Bill 5600, which makes significant changes to the existing Residential Landlord Tenant Act (“RLTA”) in Washington as codified in RCW 59.18. The changes will impact the rights for both landlords…

Estate Planning Legal Update: WA State Legislature Passes Bill Allowing Human Composting As Alternative to Traditional Burial

Posted Thursday, April 25, 2019 by Pivotal Law Group

Washington State’s legislature recently passed a bill (Senate Bill 5001) that would allow human composting as an alternative to burial or cremation. The bill legalizes disposal of human remains via “natural organic reduction,” which is the accelerated…

Supreme Court to Decide Whether Federal Civil Rights Laws Protect LGBT Employees

Posted Monday, April 22, 2019 by Pivotal Law Group

Federal law generally prohibits workplace discrimination based on gender. An open question has been whether discrimination "because of gender" includes discrimination against LGBT employees. Some courts have said yes, reasoning that at least…

Robert Mueller's Report

Posted Friday, April 19, 2019 by Christopher L. Thayer

Link to PDF copy of full (redacted) report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Russian interference in 2016 election

Case Law Update: Roller Coaster Injury and Res Ipsa Loquitur

Posted Thursday, April 4, 2019 by Christopher L. Thayer

In Brugh v. Fun-Tastic Rides Co., (51055-3, March 26, 2019) the Washington Court of Appeals (Division II) recently addressed application of the Res Ipsa Loquitur (latin for “the thing speaks for itself) doctrine in the context of an injury suffered on a…

Does ERISA Apply to COBRA Coverage?

Posted Thursday, April 4, 2019 by Pivotal Law Group

ERISA applies to most insurance obtained through an employer (https://pivotallawgroup.com/Blog/2018/01/What-is-ERISA-and-How-Does-It-A). "COBRA" coverage is insurance coverage you get after your employment ends. So it's understandable if you…

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