Business and Commercial
September 30th, 2021

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s full approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in August, coupled with the ongoing spread of the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus, has prompted a growing number of companies – including giants such as Google, United Airlines, McDonald’s, and Goldman Sachs – to mandate that some or all…

March 31st, 2021

The Washington Department of Health has announced that all Washingtonians 16 and older will be eligible to receive Covid-19 vaccinations starting April 15, 2021. As remote workers transition back to the office in larger numbers, many employers want to know if they can legally require employees to be vaccinated for Covid-19 before they return. The…

July 30th, 2020

One of the first steps in opening a new professional practice is to form a business entity. That process looks a little different for licensed professionals than it does for other types of business. It’s important for licensed professionals to be aware of those differences when they go to start their practice. Washington’s Professional Service…

April 13th, 2020

The current Covid-19 pandemic is causing a great deal of uncertainty. Fact and circumstances seem to be changing on an almost daily (if not hourly) basis. Not only is that affecting our health, wellbeing, and daily lives, but it is also affecting commerce. Businesses are continuously monitoring the situation and adapting in order to stay…

September 25th, 2019

Bellingham and Whatcom County are full of nonprofit service opportunities, including one our firm regularly supports and on whose Board I currently serve:  civil legal aid through LAW Advocates. I am frequently asked about nonprofit corporate board service and see issues arise when individuals don’t know what legal duties and responsibilities they have on a…

April 17th, 2019

When a commercial tenant breaches their lease one too many times, the landlord may decide to terminate the lease and evict the tenant. Commercial evictions are very similar to residential evictions. The landlord must comply with the terms of the lease and the applicable law to evict the tenant. Before a landlord can evict a…

August 9th, 2018

Employers are required to permit current and former employees to inspect their own personnel file at least annually, but an employer may refuse to permit access to certain records.

January 3rd, 2018

The Bellingham City Council is currently considering amending Bellingham’s landlord-tenant code to offer greater protections to residential tenants. The proposed amendments are in response to Bellingham’s extremely low rental vacancy rate and rising rents.

June 7th, 2017

One of the biggest sources of confusion I see from businesses in Whatcom County is trying to figure out the difference between independent contractors and employees.

August 16th, 2016

Many commercial loans contain what are called default interest provisions. The provisions call for the default rate to apply upon any default by the Borrower under the loan agreement.

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