Chris Wall is a trial lawyer, managing all phases of litigation, including trials and appeals in state and federal courts as well as arbitrations and administrative proceedings. He uses insights from litigation to provide his clients with strategic advice on how to avoid litigation before it starts and resolve disputes in the most cost-effective manner. He works with businesses to navigate a wide variety of matters including labor issues, wage & hour, wrongful termination, and discrimination claims. Chris draws on his experience as a judicial extern to the Honorable John Coughenour, as a law clerk for the Alaska Supreme Court, and in commercial and environmental litigation to meet the needs of his clients.
Another day, another Trump-era Department of Labor (“DOL”) rule that’s been put on the shelf for 60 days. Last week, we blogged about the Biden DOL’s decision to delay the rollout of the tip rules that the Trump DOL adopted in the final weeks of its administration from March 1, 2021 until at least April … Continue Reading
The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) published a final rule addressing independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). Independent contractor status is a critical question under the FLSA because eligible employees are entitled to the law’s protections (for example, minimum wage and overtime for non-exempt employees) but independent contractors are not. Incorrectly … Continue Reading
The legal landscape continues to shift rapidly during the COVID-19 pandemic. As we reported here and here, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) guidance allows employers to require employee temperature checks, as well as worker testing aimed at detecting COVID-19, even though such testing by an employer would ordinarily raise issues under the Americans with Disabilities … Continue Reading
Many Washington employers are looking for ways to retain skilled labor until businesses reopen. The Washington Employment Security Department’s (“ESD”) emergency rules may help during the COVID-19 crisis. Employers who plan to rehire employees when businesses reopen may request “standby” status for laid off employees, which has been expanded under the emergency rules. Standby status … Continue Reading
The Seattle City Council has expanded Paid Sick and Safe Time (“PSST”) in response to COVID-19. In addition to the usual reasons for which a Seattle employee may use PSST, the new amendments provide that Seattle employees must be allowed to use their accrued PSST: when the employee’s family member’s school or place of care … Continue Reading
The Washington Supreme Court case Brady v. Autozone recently addressed the standards that apply when a non-exempt employee alleges that an employer did not provide meal breaks. In short: it is now clear that if a lawsuit is brought, employers are likely to bear the burden to show that break laws have not been violated. … Continue Reading