As a small business owner, it is imperative that you understand regulations surrounding your employees’ rights and any restrictions on your authority as an employer. Recent changes to Washington’s social media laws may affect how you gather and use information from your employees. Specifically, RCW 49.44.200 limits employers’ ability to access employee social networking accounts. The statute provides for new regulations that make it more difficult for employers to monitor employees and applicants’ personal social networking activity.

What You Cannot Do

Under the new law, it is unlawful for an employer to “request, require, or otherwise coerce an employee or applicant to disclose login information for the employee’s or applicant’s personal social networking account.” You probably noticed that the statute makes reference to personal social…

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A recent article published by the Seattle Business Magazine points out that the Puget Sound area is well positioned to take advantage of the nation’s economic recovery. During a discussion at the 42nd Annual Economic Forecast Conference held in downtown Seattle on Thursday, the panel noted that compared to the rest of the US, the King County economy is doing well and continuing to grow. In particular, King County has a relatively low rate of unemployment.

Forecasters pointed out that the Puget Sound area is set to outperform the national economy primarily because of our region’s tech, aerospace, clean energy, and retail sectors.

Click here to read the full article.

For a look at this week’s national headlines for business news, check out…

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Spark Business, presented by Capital One, has created a one-of-a-kind corporate social media competition that measures growth and level of engagement in social media networks through online votes. Each company’s score is the result of a formula that takes into account all of those factors.<img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-218" title="social madness carousel 3" src="×294.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="294" srcset="×294.jpg 300w, https://www check×50.jpg 50w, 316w” sizes=”(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px” />

Julep, PayScale and Seattle Times have jumped ahead early in the competition. To learn more about the competition, check out the Puget Sound Business Journal’s article here.


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Yesterday, Intuit Inc. released data that suggests small business revenue and employment numbers are growing sertraline hcl. This encouraging news was followed by data that shows that two more years of similar growth is necessary to bring reach pre-recession levels. The results came from Intuit’s Small Business Employment and Revenue Indexes.

Employment grew by 0.2 percent in May, roughly 40,000 jobs were created.

The data further indicates that a recovery is under way. However, it’s going to take significant gains in revenue and employment, consistently, for a long period of time to bring our small business economy back to where it was in 2007.

It may not be time to start popping champagne and celebrating, but its a positive step toward a consistent, sustainable…

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