WA County Legal Blog

Employees and Independent Contractors: A Case of Apples and Oranges?

Employees and Independent Contractors: A Case of Apples and Oranges?

Whether you are an employer looking to hire someone or someone looking for work, the classification of a person as an “employee” or an “independent contractor” is extremely important for practical, cost, and liability reasons.  In addition, most legal protections afforded to employees do not…

Employment Law Issues to be Aware of For Employers and Employees

Employment Law Issues to be Aware of For Employers and Employees

In our current environment of low unemployment, you hopefully will not hear the words: “You Are Fired!”  But, with new competition in hiring, American employers terminate current employees for many reasons.  Both employers and employees should understand related risks and responsibilities and protect themselves in…

What it Means for Employees in an "At Will" Employment State like Oregon

What it Means for Employees in an "At Will" Employment State like Oregon

Oregon is an “At Will” employment state, which generally means that either an employee or an employer may terminate an employment relationship with or without cause at any time.  There is an exception to “At Will” employment if a contract of employment exists between an…

Property Disputes: Good Fences Make Better Neighbors

Property Disputes: Good Fences Make Better Neighbors

We know that: “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors”.   That is true.  But, a truer statement is: “Good Fences Make Better Neighbors”.   Since we cannot pick our neighbors or choose how our neighbors behave or live, legal issues involving neighbors are common and often…

The Risks & Alternatives of Litigation for Businesses

The Risks & Alternatives of Litigation for Businesses

Whether a small business owner or an officer or owner of a more complex business, if your company gets sued it will face unanticipated costs to defend, future financial risk, and public exposure which can hurt your brand.  In order to mitigate your risks promptly…

What is Mediation and How Can It Help Me?

What is Mediation and How Can It Help Me?

Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process that includes a neutral third-party, who attempts to resolve disputes  by seeking the parties’ agreement to a negotiated solution. Mediation is not litigation or arbitration.  In litigation and arbitration, a judge or an arbitrator resolves a dispute…