Category: News & Updates

Legal Assistance for Small Businesses and Nonprofits

If you are a small business or nonprofit with 50 or fewer employees, you can make an appointment for a free 60-minute legal consultation to discuss issues you may be facing a a result of COVID-19.  The consultations are being organized by Communities Rise and will take place via telephone or video conference.  The clinics are perfect to address topics surrounding:

  • Federal loans/grants
  • General employment (furloughs, layoffs, etc.)
  • Property leases
  • Insurance
  • Contracts
  • Business closure/dissolution
  • And many more…

For more details, CLICK HERE.  (Also available in SPANISH, CHINESE, and SOMALI.

To register, CLICK HERE.

 

COVID-19 Benefits Town Hall – Thursday, May 7

On Thursday, May 7 from 10AM to 12:30PM (PST) speakers from the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), and Employment and Training Administration’s Office of Unemployment Insurance will provide information about changes and updates to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  The content is aimed at both employers and employees.  This webinar is sponsored by WorkForceGPS. Attendees who do not already have a WorkForceGPS account are required to create one before registering.

Sign Up Here

 

 

Westlaw Edge Access for KCLL Patrons

In light of COVID-19, Thomson-Reuters is offering free Westlaw Edge access to KCLL patrons for a limited time.  While you will need to register, there is no commitment and no credit card is required.  Here’s how to get started:

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  1. Read the detailed registration information included here.

  2. Follow the Westlaw Edge for Library Patrons Registration link

  3. Enter your contact information.  Note: you must use an email account not already associated with an existing Westlaw account.

  4. In the Organization Type field, you must select Government – State or Local. (Note: you must select Government or access will not work)

  5. Skip the Add Colleagues page.

  6. Agree to the Terms & Conditions and select Create Profile

  7. Complete the OnePass Profile and Security fields

  8. Confirm your OnePass profile and select Get Started to begin using your new Westlaw Edge for Library Patrons trial account.

Three Documents We Should All Have to Help Loved Ones

One of the silver linings of these uncertain times is that they can cause us to think about things that all should – but often don’t.  No one LIKES to think about unpleasant outcomes or unforeseen changes in life circumstances, but just a little planning can make such possibilities much easier for those around us.  This Above The Law article gives you a brief, but solid review of three documents that we should all have in place before we need them.

Governor Inslee Extends “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Emergency Order to May 4

Washington State governor Jay Inslee has extended his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” emergency order to May 4, 2020.  Read details about this extension and the governor’s original order here.

For more information about Washington State’s response to the COVID-19 situation, including current COVID-19 infection statistics, information about travel, and information for businesses and works, visit the State’s official COVID-19 response site here.

Seattle City Council Votes to Restrict Winter-Time Evictions

On Monday, February 12, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a new ordinance that will significantly restrict residential evictions during the winter.  Council Bill 119726, if signed by the Mayor or allowed to pass into law without her signature, will prohibit Seattle landlords from evicting low- and moderate-income tenants for unpaid rent between December 1 and March 1.  The unanimous vote was only possible after amendments were added to reduce the time period, to exempt landlords managing four or fewer housing units and to restrict the scope to low- and moderate-income tenants.

Read the full text of CB 119726 here.

When or if CB 119726 becomes effective depends on whether or not Mayor Durkan chooses to veto it and is governed by SMC 1.04.020.