“Another game changer!” — Your takeaway from reading this summary of Washington’s Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1795, commonly known as the “Silenced No More Act,” which becomes law June 9, 2022, and has some important retroactive effects. In short, the Act voids a host of non-disclosure and non-disparagement clauses in employment-related agreements concerning illegal workplace misconduct, including settlement agreements, and gives employees the right to sue for a minimum of $10,000 in statutory damages and attorney’s fees for a broad range of violations...
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In April 2021, President Biden issued Executive Order 14026 to increase the minimum wage for federal government contractors to $15 per hour. On November 23, 2021, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued its final rule implementing Executive Order 14026. The rule requires any federal “contractor” to pay employees a minimum hourly wage of $15 and overtime wages for work beyond 40 hours per week. This wage is subject to yearly increases determined by DOL...
PORTLAND, OR; Seattle, WA (March 30, 2022) – Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, P.C. is excited to announce our new talent to serve the Natural Resources industry. With Tim Nicholson, Ben Fetherston, and Mike Mahoney, we have added to our transactional, business, and litigation services. "Tim, Ben, and Mike have intimate experience with the challenges in our Natural Resources clients’ industries,” Schwabe’s Natural Resources Industry Group Leader Ryen Godwin said. “Their dedication to truly understanding the opportunities and roadblocks our clients face allows them to offer unique insight and powerful perspective. We are pleased to have them on the team...
Vancouver Business Journal highlighted Schwabe Shareholder Matthew Bisturis in its “Movers & Shakers” section for his recent appointment to a full seat on the board of directors for Identity Clark County (ICC). The business leaders group serves a vital role assembling and focusing corporate leadership in a shared community agenda. “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Identity Clark County board and to work with an amazing group of business leaders and staff committed to strengthening our community and economy,” Bisturis was quoted as saying by the Vancouver Business Journal...