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September 17th, 2018

Not anymore, thanks to Evidence Rule 413 adopted by the Washington Supreme Court that took effect on September 1, 2018. The new rule limits when and how a person’s immigration status can be used as evidence.

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.

July 11th, 2018

If you’re considering building an ADU, renting out an ADU, or concerned about a neighbor’s ADU, read this blog for background, then call or visit your city or county’s permit office.

June 5th, 2018

Standing is a jurisdictional issue. If you don’t have standing, you can’t bring a case in court. Or if you file a case, it can be dismissed at any time.

May 19th, 2018

When someone doesn’t like a neighbor’s tree, the first question they have is can they cut it down.

April 30th, 2018

Bellingham now has new municipal code provisions changing the obligations of landlords who rent to residential tenants. If you rent or own a rental property in the Bellingham city limits, you need to be aware of these changes.

April 26th, 2018

If you’re a landlord in Bellingham right now, you will probably find yourself with many applicants for one living unit. Landlords often wonder on what grounds they can reject a potential tenant’s application.

March 28th, 2018

Paid sick leave and paid family medical leave are two recent, big developments in Washington employment law. On January 1, 2019, premium assessments will begin for the new Paid Family Medical Leave system managed by Employment Security Department.

March 2nd, 2018

In Washington State, a person has the right to be free from discrimination in the workplace on the basis of sex or sexual orientation. The rules do not protect individuals who use the facility under false pretenses.

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.

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