Alyson Palmer

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Alyson Palmer brings experience in the federal government to her practice in advising clients on a variety of labor and employment matters and complex litigation. An associate in the Labor & Employment Group of Stoel Rives LLP, Alyson is excited to share her interest in the nexus between private business employment practices and developments in federal affirmative action and discrimination laws. Alyson served as an extern in the Appellate Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and prior to law school, she served as Acting Deputy White House Liaison and Public Affairs Specialist for the U.S. General Services Administration and as a staff assistant in the White House Office of Management and Administration. She also encourages you to follow her on Twitter @alysonpalmer and welcomes LinkedIn requests.

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No Joke: Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage Ordinance Becomes Law

Here’s a couple updates related to the Seattle Minimum Wage Ordinace.  Alas for Seattle employers, this is no April Fools joke. Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage Ordinance Becomes Law As we’ve blogged about before, Seattle’s Minimum Wage Ordinance becomes law on April 1, 2015, raising the minimum hourly wage for Seattle’s lowest paid workers. On March … Continue Reading

Uncharted Territory: Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage Ordinance

The City of Seattle’s Minimum Wage Ordinance is set to take effect April 1, 2015.  When it does, Seattle will have the highest minimum wage in the nation, outpacing larger metropolises like San Francisco and New York City. Initially, Seattle workers will see a large increase above the State of Washington’s current $9.47 an hour … Continue Reading

Washington Court of Appeals Expands “Jeopardy” Element of Claim for Wrongful Discharge in Violation of Public Policy

This month the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division III issued a ruling in Becker v. Community Health Systems, Inc. that expands protections in a wrongful termination action based on violation of a public policy. In Becker, the Plaintiff, a former chief financial officer for Community Health Systems, Inc. (“CHS”), alleged that while CHS initially … Continue Reading

Washington State Supreme Court’s Decision on Religious Accommodation: What It Means for Employers

Employers in Washington should take note of last week’s decision from the Washington State Supreme Court holding that state law allows a claim for failure to reasonably accommodate an employee’s religious practices. That result is hardly surprising, but how the Court reached that result, and its other conclusions along the way, will complicate how businesses … Continue Reading