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Preparing for Open Enrollment

October 1, 2020

As the fourth quarter looms right around the corner, it is never to early to start thinking about your company’s Open Enrollment period. Your first task should be to think about budgeting. It is rare for a company’s premiums to go down and it is almost guaranteed you will see an increase in premiums and […]

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Politics in the Workplace & How to Handle it.

October 1, 2020

With the election nearing, it is the time of year when the individuals become more politically engaged, research party candidates, and exercise their voting rights. This political season is especially interesting as the country seems to be extremely divided as to perspectives and preferences on a lot of issues. Further, attitudes and passion over certain […]

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Politics in the Workplace- Legally what can you do?

October 1, 2020

Regardless of the type of business, employees expressing opinions about the upcoming election and politics generally is not uncommon. Election time can be a legal minefield for employers even in the calmest of times. Employers often wonder what, if anything, they can do to limit or prohibit politics in the workplace. There may be a […]

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Coronavirus & the Workplace

September 1, 2020

The novel Coronavirus now called COVID-19, unheard of more than 10 weeks ago has now been declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be a pandemic. On February 29, 2020, the Washington state governor declared a state of emergency in response to the continued diagnosis of COVID-19 cases in the state and has restricted […]

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ADA and the Interactive Process

August 3, 2020

Whether a company of 15 or 15,000 the ADA and the interactive process can be complicated, time-consuming, and confusing, particularly for those not dedicated to the complexities of the law and practice daily. As explained by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC – https://www.eeoc.gov/facts/ada18.html) “If you have a disability and are qualified to do […]

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How to handle sensitive topics in the workplace

August 3, 2020

The employment environment is an ever-changing one, and employers are always balancing the work they do, and the people that help them do it. As the day-to-day work culture focuses on delivering on the goals of the organization, businesses should ensure an individual’s ability to feel safe, included, and respected by everyone they work with. […]

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Pronoun Primer for the Workplace

August 3, 2020

Discussions about pronoun use in the workplace are on the rise, right along with sticky interpersonal interactions to accompany those conversations – and potential liability. Given the current world environment, from COVID-19, racial conversations, and an upcoming presidential election, emotions and stress are running high across the board and conversation intensity is heating up. With […]

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The Civil Rights Act of 1964 Protects LGBTQ Workers

August 3, 2020

On June 15, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 6-3 decision holding that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects gay, lesbian, and transgender employees from discrimination in their employment.  590 U.S. __ (2020). The Civil Rights Act of 1964, § 2000e-2(a)(1), states that it is “unlawful…for an employer to fail […]

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Associated Industries Launches New Service

June 18, 2020

By Virginia Thomas virginiat@spokanejournal.com LeaveAdmin to help employers, HR pros Spokane-based employer consulting and legal services group Associated Industries has launched a new leave management service for its members. The organization has been developing LeaveAdmin for about a year, says Katie Bechtol, LeaveAdmin service lead and Associated Industries senior human resources adviser. Leave management isn’t […]

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