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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Ryan Hogaboam recently wrote on the iVLG blog about what you should know about voluntary, administrative, and judicial dissolution. Dissolution is the process of winding down your business and dissolving the legal entity that is your business. Below I’ve highlighted some key points from Ryan’s post:

Dissolution in Washington

In Washington, closely-held corporations can be dissolved in three different ways: by the shareholders or directors (voluntarily), by the Secretary of State (administratively), or by the courts (judicially):

Voluntarily: By the Shareholders

In order to voluntarily dissolve a corporation, the corporation’s board of directors may ask the shareholders to vote on dissolving the company. Washington’s statutes require two-thirds of the shareholders to approve dissolution for it occur. Following the vote, the company must file Articles…

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As a small business owner, you’re often required to wear many different hats. One of those hats is the “negotiator” hat. Whether you’re negotiating the terms of your new employee’s contract, or your determining the details of a manufacturing agreement, you often must negotiate to protect your rights. Today’s article highlights the key points from a previous iVLG blog article I wrote on how to engage in “principled negotiations.”

As a principled negotiator, you know that there are bigger or better opportunities and solutions out there–the sky is the limit with this approach. And collaborating during negotiations will allow the parties to explore mutual interests. The principled negotiation approach was made famous by Roger Fisher and William Ury in their book, Getting to Yes….

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Kyle Hulten recently wrote on the iVLG blog about the value of contingent contracts when negotiating agreements. It’s a great read and below I’ve highlighted some of the key takeaway points from Kyle’s article.

What is a contingent contract?

You probably guessed it. A contingent contract is a contract that includes contingencies, i.e. future events that may occur and change the terms of the agreement. Some of the most well-known contingent contracts are in professional sports. Athletes often receive additional money if they achieve certain goals. Another common example is in the employer-employee context. You may hire an employee and incentivize that employee to work hard by providing a non-discretionary bonus if the employee performs beyond a certain target, e.g. if employee…

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