Most of us know that our digital communications face a number of threats these days – from data breaches and hacks, to public and private surveillance. These risks also threaten the confidentiality of attorney-client relationships. The ACLU of New York has written a report that outlines steps that can be taken by parties to protect that privacy, and rules that can ensure ongoing protection.
Without public debate or a formal hearing on the topic, the Washington State Supreme Court decided last month to end the Limited Licence Legal Technician (LLLT) program. The June letter ends a program that broadened access to legal representation and served as a model for other states across the nation. Please read/listen to the KNKX new story HERE.
With help from two partners, the City of Seattle Office of Immigration and Refugee Affairs has complied a spreadsheet that can help you determine what benefits a person is eligible for based on their immigration status.
The spreadsheet no substitute for legal advice, but is rather intended as a quick reference guide.
Read more about it and access the spreadsheet HERE.
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
- Business closure/dissolution
- And many more…
To register, CLICK HERE.
Join the Unemployment Law Project’s WEEKLY webinar to find out the latest about how the pandemic is affecting unemployment benefits. The free webinar will answer viewer questions and takes place every Monday at 12:00pm PST. For more information and to register, click HERE.
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.
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:
Read the detailed registration information included here.
Follow the Westlaw Edge for Library Patrons Registration link
Enter your contact information. Note: you must use an email account not already associated with an existing Westlaw account.
In the Organization Type field, you must select Government – State or Local. (Note: you must select Government or access will not work)
Skip the Add Colleagues page.
Agree to the Terms & Conditions and select Create Profile
Complete the OnePass Profile and Security fields
Confirm your OnePass profile and select Get Started to begin using your new Westlaw Edge for Library Patrons trial account.
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.
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.
Understanding the Basics
Court Schedule Changes and Closures
Health Care and Insurance
Your Job and Coronavirus