Category Archives: Seattle Law

Does the Seattle Paid Sick/Safe Time Ordinance Apply to Your Business?

All employers with employees working in Seattle, even those who only work in Seattle occasionally, need to read-up on Seattle’s Paid Sick/Safe Time ordinance (PSST for short). If PSST applies to your business, it establishes minimum standards for paid sick leave and … Continue reading

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Social Purpose Corporation, Maximizing Sustainable Business in Washington State

In Washington State, being socially conscious doesn’t mean choosing between doing good and doing good business. Incorporating or reorganizing as a social purpose corporation (SPC) allows socially conscious businesses greater flexibility to support social and environmental goals. What makes this … Continue reading

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Navigating Pinterest and Its Copyright Challenges

In the 2 years since Pinterest launched itself as an invite-only social bookmarking service, the size of its user base and web traffic have made Pinterest into a social network heavy weight. Consequently, we need to understand how Pinterest handles third-party intellectual property. … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding Act: What could it mean for the Entrepreneur or Startup?

The Crowdfund Act is an amended version of the JOBS ACT that will permit the SEC to allow for certain types of investments by individuals who don’t normally qualify as qualified investors under the SEC to make investments through SEC … Continue reading

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Effective Date 2012: Local and Federal Legislation Changes and Extensions

With the New Year in full swing, it’s a good time to consider new laws that will take effect in 2012 (and to be reminded of some that remain in effect). Effect of Washington State’s new liquor law on local … Continue reading

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Incentives for Seeking Copyright Registration

Before we get into this blog post, I want to point out that copyright registration is optional and it is not a requirement for copyright protection. So why seek copyright registration at all? There are three key incentives to register your … Continue reading

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What’s In a Name? Tips for a Protectable Trademark

Before becoming dead set on adopting a particular word trademark, make sure it is worthy of protection first. Doing your homework can both inspire during the naming process and later decrease the chances of discarding a weak word mark.  This … Continue reading

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Restricted Stock and IRS Section 83(b) Election

Making a § 83(b) election for restricted stock can be a complex decision due to the inherent risks involved. It is best to get the advice of legal and tax counsel before making this decision. The election deals with property … Continue reading

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Workers Compensation for Business Owners

The University of Washington Business and Economic Development Center is currently offering a business certificate program for local business owners. I enrolled in the program and although I do have a business background I have found it very valuable.  Last … Continue reading

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Reclassifying an Independent Contractor into an Employee

As we all know well, Independent contractors (ICs) must pay their own state and federal income taxes, and with employees an employer has to collect federal taxes and pay part of the Social Security and Medicare taxes. As a result, … Continue reading

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