Government That Governs Least – Not!

In the catalogue of government overreach, or nanny-state actions of late, we’d hasten to submit Oregon at the state level and old favorite San Francisco in the local community category. Just a few weeks ago, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law Senate bill 1019, which provides that beginning in the year 2024, all eggs…

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Washington State Proposing OT Threshold

Business owners may have dodged the bullet of a doubling of the overtime threshold at the federal level, but the issue is still rearing its ugly head at state agencies around the country. Perhaps the most recent – and egregious – example comes to us from the Pacific Northwest. The Department of Labor & Industries…

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Washington Restricts Non-Compete Clauses

The state of Washington has a new law on the books that dramatically restricts the viability of non-compete clauses by private businesses. Governor Jay Inslee, a candidate for the democratic presidential nomination, signed HB 1450 into law on Wednesday after the legislature overwhelmingly approved the bill two weeks ago. The new law becomes effective on…

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Washington Weighs Tripling Overtime Threshold

Regulators in the state of Washington wrapped up a public comment period this past week for a proposal to increase the salary threshold (below which virtually all workers in the state would be eligible for overtime pay) to almost $72,000 per year! Currently, the federal threshold stands at $455 per week, or $23,660 annually. Washington,…

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