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In Washington You Have to Pay for All Travel Time of Unexempt Employee on a Business Trip

Posted Thursday, December 2, 2021 by Kim Sandher

If you’re a business owner sending any non-exempt employees out-of-town for business, you should become familiar with the recent changes to Washington law. As recently as October, the Washington Court of Appeals ruled that an employee’s out-of-town…

Caselaw Update: Adverse Possession of Public Land?

Posted Friday, November 19, 2021 by Christopher L. Thayer

Court reaffirms common law doctrine of nullum tempus occurrit regi.


Posted Tuesday, September 1, 2020 by Kim Sandher

This blog focuses on a new domestic LLC being set up, not a foreign one looking to do business in Washington and not intended to be legal advice. If you have specific questions about your situation, please contact us. STEP ONE: FILL OUT AND FILE THE…

Case law update: School Potentially Liable for Death of Student Occurring Off Campus

Posted Friday, June 26, 2020 by Christopher L. Thayer

In a recent decision by Division I of the Washington Court of Appeals, the court addressed whether or not the School District could be held liable for the student who was struck and killed by a negligent driver. In Meyers v. Ferndale School District, 12…

Can you fire an employee for being racist outside work?

Posted Friday, June 19, 2020 by Kim Sandher

The short answer is yes. As an employer, you have the right to terminate employees if they essentially exercise poor judgement, expose and embarrass themselves, and by proxy, your company. Lately, there have been a lot of people in the news or on social…

June Message - Strength in Unity

Posted Friday, June 5, 2020 by Pivotal Law Group

As a firm, we are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive environment. The continued unfair treatment of certain racial groups is disturbing and cannot be tolerated. We must come together and find ways, through our actions and not just words, to…

Case Law Update: Seattle landlord-tenant law

Posted Friday, May 22, 2020 by Christopher L. Thayer

On May 19, 2020 Seattle Mayor Jennie Durkan signed into law an ordinance previous passed by the City Council which provides additional protections for residential tenants who fallen behind in their rent payments during the Covid-19 emergency. Under…

Covid-19 Update

Posted Friday, May 15, 2020 by Pivotal Law Group

King County and the city of Seattle announced a new public health directive Monday May 18th that strongly encourages everyone to cover their face with a cloth mask every time they go to the grocery store, ride the bus or enter any public building or…

New Hire Announcement

Posted Friday, May 8, 2020 by Pivotal Law Group

If you give our office a call you may notice a new voice welcoming you, We are pleased to announce that Alaura Sierra has joined our firm as our new receptionist, she will also be working directly under Kim Sandher as her new Legal Assistant. Alaura has…

May Message

Posted Friday, May 1, 2020 by Pivotal Law Group

As our state’s “Stay-at-home” order is set to run through May 31, 2020, and our state slowly starts to re-open county by county we have to remember to be mindful of one another. Now more than ever we must remain a community and continue to support each…


Posted Thursday, April 30, 2020 by Kim Sandher

Since roughly mid-March our state along with local cities and counties have put some rules in place to help small businesses continue to operate. Commercial Lease Although Commercial tenants in Washington are not protected by the state ban on residential…


Posted Friday, April 24, 2020 by Kim Sandher

Governor Inslee announced on April 24, 2020 that construction projects considered low-risk may resume if they do not require workers to be closer than six-feet and they can comply with the COVID-19 Safety Plan, which includes 30 minimum Phase 1…


Posted Friday, April 10, 2020 by Christopher L. Thayer

In Riley v. Valaer, the Court of Appeals, Division II (52687-5-II, April 7, 2020) recently addressed a concept in real estate law known as the “Liability Rule”, which arises in the context of an encroachment. In this case, the Rileys owned two lots (east…

How to Apply for Payment Protection Program (PPP)

Posted Friday, April 3, 2020 by Kim Sandher

As written in our previous PPP blog post, this Small Business Association (SBA) loan is available through the CARES Act. Below is an over view of how to apply. Find Eligible PPP Lenders Talk to your own bank/financial institution to see if it is…

COVID-19 Eviction Laws

Posted Tuesday, March 31, 2020 by Kim Sandher

The City of Seattle issued an emergency order placing a moratorium on both residential and small business commercial evictions until May 3, 2020 (as modified by City Council). It requests the King County Sheriff not enforce writs of restitution and it…

COVID-19 SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) LOAN PROGRAM - CARES ACT

Posted Tuesday, March 31, 2020 by Kim Sandher

Overview of COVID-19 CARES Act SBA Paycheck Protection Program

COVID-19 Bankruptcy Relief

Posted Tuesday, March 31, 2020 by Kim Sandher

Overview of COVID-19 Bankruptcy Relief for Small Businesses and Individuals

March Message - Stay Safe

Posted Tuesday, March 17, 2020 by Kim Sandher

As COVID-19 continues to present challenges and change our daily way of life in unprecedented ways, we are here to advise you on how best to approach issues raised by this public health crisis. It is our goal to help you navigate not only through the…

Five Questions to Ask About Restaurant Leases

Posted Friday, February 14, 2020 by Kim Sandher

1.Do You Have to Sign a Personal Guarantee? If you are a brand new business or have not done business with the landlord before, the landlord will most likely have you sign some form of personal guarantee in which you will be personally liable for…


Posted Friday, February 7, 2020 by Kim Sandher

At the end of last month, managing member, Christopher Thayer's wife, Feibi, gave birth to two adorable and healthy baby twins - one boy and one girl. As many of Chris' clients know, he was out on paternity leave for much of February, but has returned to…

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