Today’s post highlights some of the key issues you should be aware of as you begin preparing your business for Seattle’s minimum wage ordinance.

First Phase: April 1, 2015

The increase to the $15.00 minimum wage will be phased in beginning April 1, 2015. Here’s how Seattle’s minimum wage laws apply to your business:

Larger Companies (more than 500 employees)

If your business employs more than 500 people in the US, then your business must pay each employee working in Seattle a minimum hourly wage of $11.00 by April 1, 2015.

Small Companies (500 or fewer employees)

If your business employs 500 or fewer employees in the US, then your business must pay each employee a minimum hourly wage of $11.00 by April 1, 2015. However,…

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As your small business grows, you may enter new markets, including expanding your company internationally. If you do expand into international markets, you may look to hire independent contractors in a foreign country. When hiring an independent contractor in another country, it is important to understand some of the key considerations before you move forward with the relationship. Today’s post highlights a few key considerations when hiring an independent contractor abroad.

Know the Rules

Before you enter into any new market, you should become familiar with the regulations that will impact your business. When it comes to hiring an independent contractor, you should become familiar with the various employment and tax regulations that will be triggered by your new hire. Different countries…

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If you’ve done any searching online, you’ve probably read that limited liability company (LLC) entity offers flexibility when organizing the management and economic structure of the company. And because of this flexibility, the LLC quickly became the most popular entity to form in order to shield personal assets from business liabilities. One of the areas where LLCs offer flexibility is how to structure payments to owners of the business. Today’s post discusses the fact that owners of an LLC can only be considered “employees” if the LLC elects to be taxed as a corporation.

Can LLC Members be Paid as Employees?

Members (owners) of an LLC cannot be considered “employees” of the business unless the LLC elects to be taxed as a…

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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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