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Meal and Rest Breaks for Public Employees

March 1, 2013 by Sofia D'Almeida Mabee
Category: Compensation , HR Advisor

There continues to be much confusion regarding meal and rest period obligations for public sector employees. Public employers in Washington State are required to provide meal and rest breaks for non-exempt employees (i.e., overtime-eligible employees.) However, unlike the situation for private employers, public employers can also have agreements with unions...

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Elected Officials Can be Subject to Recall for Violating Employment Laws

March 1, 2012 by Sofia D'Almeida Mabee
Category: HR Advisor

This Advisor column was originally published in June 2011.

Elected officials in Washington State can be subject to recall by the voters for “malfeasance, misfeasance, or violation of the oath of office.” Generally, this does not include discretionary acts, absent manifest abuse of discretion. In addition, officials accused of violating the law are generally not s...

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PERC's New Decision on Weingarten Rights

March 1, 2012 by Sofia D'Almeida Mabee
Category: HR Advisor

This Advisor column was originally published in January 2011.

“Weingarten rights”, which derive from a U.S. Supreme Court decision provide that employees have the right to union representation at investigatory interviews when the employee reasonably believes that discipline will follow. Although the case...

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Social Media in Hiring: Minimizing Legal Risks

March 1, 2012 by Sofia D'Almeida Mabee
Category: HR Advisor

This Advisor column was originally published in February 2012.

Never before have employers had access to so much information about job applicants. Through a few clicks of a mouse, you can learn from a Facebook profile all about an applicant’s friends and family, recreational activities, clubs, and professional associations. Some of this information could provide valuab...

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