Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a topic of concern for all businesses. All too often, we assume the ADA only applies to large employers or in certain circumstances. The reality is that the ADA applies to all employers in one fashion or another. Family business employers – no matter how small and no matter what industry – need t… Continue Reading
There is often a temptation for small and mid-sized family-owned businesses to disregard employment laws, particularly when considering a family member’s employment, but those laws generally do not have an exemption for family members. A business’ relaxed approach with respect to family members can also easily spill over to non-family member emp… Continue Reading
Family businesses are increasingly encouraging women. Of family businesses surveyed, almost 60 percent have women in top management positions and over 30 percent list a female as the next successor. (Source). These important statistics show a trend of women acceding to leadership positions for which they are uniquely and acutely designed.
Many women i… Continue Reading
On July 5, 2017 Governor Jay Inslee signed into law Washington’s new paid family and medical leave measure, making Washington the fifth state to create a paid family leave program – one that is fairly described as one of the most generous in the nation.
While employers and employees won’t be paying into the program until January 1, 2019, with leave bene… Continue Reading
On July 5, 2017, Washington State joined a handful of states mandating paid family and medical leave. The new leave program, to be funded by employer and employee premiums, will provide up to 18 weeks of paid leave to individuals employed by Washington employers.
Here are some key aspects of the law that employers operating in Washington State should be fami… Continue Reading
Successful companies depend on finding and retaining talented employees. Attrition, on the other hand, is expensive. A constantly revolving door means more money and time spent training new employees, makes it hard to build effective teams and can undermine company morale. Family businesses may have a particularly difficult to path to tread in this reg… Continue Reading
Family-owned businesses have a hard time letting go of underperforming employees – harder than other businesses might. At least this is the thesis of Wayne Rivers of the Family Business Institute in his recent article in The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Rivers does not cite any statistics to support the prevalence of this issue, but it is not counterintu… Continue Reading
On February 10, 2015, as part of the Family Business Legacy Series, William “Stacy” Cowles and Elizabeth “Betsy” Cowles shared their insights learned from leading their company, the Cowles Company. The Legacy Series is a quarterly gathering of Pacific Northwest family businesses that is co-sponsored by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Moss Adams, t… Continue Reading
On Monday, June 30, 2014, the United States Supreme Court ruled that “closely-held” for-profit companies could be exempt from the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) requirement to offer birth control coverage to their employees. As with many controversial Supreme Court decisions, Hobby Lobby is getting more attention for the precedent it may have … Continue Reading
Cafeteria plans are regularly adopted by larger companies to allow employees to choose health care and other employee benefits that fit their needs from a menu of employer-sponsored benefits. Under Internal Revenue Code § 125, employers may offer cafeteria plan participants the choice to pay for health insurance coverage, dependent care costs and o… Continue Reading
In this second round of “must-have” employment policies, we focus on rest breaks and meal periods. … Continue Reading
I’d like to continue the conversation started by Bill Weigand about how successful family businesses need formal employment policies. Tempting as it may be to stay informal and handle personnel matters without pages of personnel policies and procedures, there are some key personnel policies that all well-run businesses need to adopt, communicate … Continue Reading
The employment of family members in a family-owned business can be a tricky situation. In most family businesses, employment is the gateway to leadership succession and ownership transfer. Without a clear communication of the roles, responsibilities, expectations, benefits (financial and otherwise) and opportunities for advancement withi… Continue Reading