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Recent News and Educational Resources from Reed Longyear

Seattle Minimum Wage: What are Local Businesses Doing?

On April 1st, the initial stages of Seattle’s $15 minimum wage ordinance took effect. Large businesses have the next three years to implement this increase while smaller businesses have five years. Seattle businesses are already starting to test out different models in order to accommodate the increases in labor costs. What follows is a summary […]

Elder Law Month

Concluding “Elder Law Month” this May Reed Longyear Malnati & Ahrens PLLC acknowledges, the attorneys and organizations that make a difference in the lives of senior citizens, peoples with disabilities, and their family members. An important component of  Elder Law is proactive planning. Elder Law is a growing field of law due to the increasing […]

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Happy 9 year anniversary at Reed Longyear to Attorney John Vaughey! John is a personal injury lawyer with over 24 years of experience in injury litigation. With 15 years of previous work experience with insurance companies, John has an insider’s knowledge of how the insurance industry approaches personal injury claims. If you haven’t already, make sure to check out his most recent article “Proactive Planning: A Quick Guide to Purchasing Insurance.”

Happy 12 year anniversary at Reed Longyear to Legal Assistant and Technology Support Deanna Hendrickson who joined the firm as a contract employee in April 2003 and became full time just six months later. Deanna supports Attorney Douglas Ahrens, Michael Malnati, and Frederic Reed in business and real estate related matters. We are lucky to have Deanna’s positive attitude and resourcefulness everyday at the office!

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Happy 12 year anniversary at Reed Longyear to Attorney Christina Corwin! Christina, a skilled mediator and acclaimed family law attorney, handles issues such as divorce, parenting plans, child support and family contracts. We feel fortunate to have such a kindhearted and respected member on our team. Find out more about Christina and her practice here.

Prenup Season

Summertime is wedding season, which can make the early part of the year, for a family lawyer, “prenup season.” We encourage proactive planning for major life events, and a wedding is definitely a major life event.  Part of planning for a wedding should ideally include learning about the financial rules that change when two lives […]

Young vs. United Parcel Service, Inc.

For those following employment discrimination news – no this is not about Ellen Pao – on March 25, 2015 SCOTUS decided Young vs. United Parcel Service (UPS). I would describe this result as “expected”, but the clarification from the Court makes an employment attorneys’ advice that much more precise; which is welcome. A little background: […]

Domestic Violence Resources – Advocates and Online Tools

For families affected by domestic violence, the challenges of the family law process – which can be overwhelming even in the average case – can seem insurmountable. Before the legal process even begins, a domestic violence victim leaving an abusive situation is often dealing with being afraid for his or her safety, being afraid for […]

What’s Love Got to Do with It?

Separate and Community Property Considerations for Personal and Estate Planning What’s yours, what’s mine, and what’s ours? In Washington State, it depends. Property interests become blurred once two people enter into a committed intimate relationship (aka “CIR”) or get married. Our laws provide guidelines that determine what is separate property and what is community property. […]

The Washington State House of Representatives recently proposed new legislation regarding non-compete agreements. This legislation would change the way Non-Compete Agreements operate in Washington State by making them unenforceable by default. Non-complete clauses are sometimes enforced arbitrarily without any real connection to business needs. As Washington courts allow, but do not favor non-compete agreements this has the tendency to lead to unnecessary attempts at enforcement or costly litigation. The new legislation is a move towards an approach more in line with California where non-competes are not allowed outside of a couple of narrow exceptions.

GeekWire interviewed Rep. Derek Sanford, one of the authors of the proposed legislation, who said “Taking away a person’s right to go find a new job – whether to take on more responsibility, or to get out of a bad situation, or whatever – is a tremendous demand which should never be regarded as just a standard contract clause.”​ When NCAs start to comprise a person’s right to find another job for the sake of corporate advantage, we must question our current legislation. Hopefully this bill will lead to a change in the way non-competes are structured, so that there is less uncertainty in how these agreements are enforced.

Read GeekWire’s entire article here. For a comprehensive overview about the of non-compete agreements, read Attorney Noah William’s blog post Is Your Non-Compete Agreement Enforceable?.

Finally, please note this is only PROPOSED legislation, it remains to be seen if this bill becomes a law.