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Susan Lee Beecher

Kent Family Law Attorney.

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  1. My appeal hearing was today and my former employer did not show...

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Susan Lee Beecher
    2. Douglas Scott Reiser
    3. Steven Alan Fink
    3 lawyer answers

    The judge has the obligation in a hearing for unemployment compensation to establish that your reasons for leaving work do not disqualify you from receiving compensation, and that you are able to work, available for work, and seeking work. (The other interested party in this matter, besides your employer, is the State of Washington). You're probably okay, but if the decision is not in your favor, you can appeal. In this particular case, the appeal will rely heavily on interpretation of the...

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  2. Can I file a lawsuit against my old employer?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Susan Lee Beecher
    2. Paul Milton Nordsletten
    3. Andrew Daniel Myers
    3 lawyer answers

    First piece of advice is to be careful about answers from out of state attorneys. Perhaps in his state, the counterpart to the Dept of Labor & Industries is "faster than any attorney" but that is not the feedback I have received from my clients about the agency here. The Dept of L & I will indeed make an attempt to help you collect the debt, and they are free, though clients I have referred there have come back unhappy. You can indeed file a suit against this employer for non-payment of your...

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  3. Can you file unemployment at the same time you are receiving time loss payments from L&I?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Susan Lee Beecher
    1 lawyer answer

    Short answer: no In order to qualify for unemployment, you have to be "able and available for work". You receive time loss payments because you're not able to work. Once you become able to work again, and time loss payments cease, you may apply for unemployment compensation. However, you might want to talk with an employment law attorney about your case. I don't know the particulars of your case, but depending upon the details, you may have a case against your former employer. Washington'...

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  4. Paternity & Birth Certificate

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Susan Lee Beecher
    1 lawyer answer

    If the decree recites that the baby is not yours, I think you've done all you can do for now. I think it unlikely that the mother will later try to claim that you are the father, but in family relations, I've learned, anything is possible. Nothing can happen without serving notice upon you first, so keep your eye open for relevant documents and in the unlikely event that you do get them, seek legal help immediately. A DNA test at that time will be appropriate. Until then, there is nothing else...

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  5. At my husband's workplace, the boss posts the coming week's schedule a day, maybe two, before the week begins. Legal?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Susan Lee Beecher
    1 lawyer answer

    Probably legal. I say "probably", because I do not know what your husband does, and some industries are regulated with regard to how much rest employees must have between shifts. (Truck drivers and airline pilots come immediately to mind.) If he is working more than 40 hours per week in all this crazy scheduling, and is not an exempt employee, he should be getting time-and-a-half for any hours over 40 worked in a calendar week. You say he is an assistant manager, but the title itself does...

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  6. Reneging on Reasonable Accommodation

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Susan Lee Beecher
    1 lawyer answer

    This is a fact specific question. Though it is probable that your employer is obligated to continue the reasonable accommodation that was in place before the leave, it is not possible to say for sure without knowing more details probably not appropriate to post on a website, such as your specific job description, the size of your employer and so forth. Also, be aware that while the ADA provides some protection for disabled workers, the WLAD (Washington Law Against Discrimination) provides...

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  7. City hassling bar for DJs' business licenses.

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Susan Lee Beecher
    2. Shawn B Alexander
    3. Thuong-Tri Nguyen
    3 lawyer answers

    A 1099 is a document that addresses your tax liability to the IRS. State and local governments are also free to require you to be licensed. If you are being issued a 1099, then you are not an employee, and it means you are conducting business for yourself. You do not mention in your inquiry where you DJ, but the posting says you are in Federal Way. A business license for Federal Way costs $75 per year. Licenses in other cities vary but are comparable. You will also need a Master Business...

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  8. Import Apparel Label issue.

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Susan Lee Beecher
    1 lawyer answer

    No, it is not legal to sell products produced overseas without proper labelling. Different products have different requirements regarding the labelling, and the best professional to help you with that is, not a lawyer (surprise!), but a licensed customs broker. In fact, I am assuming you have not actually imported the goods yet, as they should not have cleared customs without proper labelling. A customs broker can direct you regarding how to fix this problem in the most cost effective manner.

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  9. I quit my job will I be able to collect unemployment Benefits?

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Susan Lee Beecher
    2. Shawn B Alexander
    3. Andrew Daniel Myers
    4. Carlos Gonzalez
    4 lawyer answers

    Let me answer your question from the viewpoint of an attorney licensed to practice in Washington. Normally, in Washington State, you cannot collect unemployment benefits if you quit your job. However, there are certain exceptions under which you might be able to collect even if you voluntarily quit. For example, if you leave because your spouse's employer mandated a transfer, or if you leave because you are a victim of domestic violence and you reasonably fear your abuser may attack you at...

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  10. My wife manages a retail clothing store in Auburn, WA and is receiving pressure from her district manger to quit her job.

    Answered about 5 years ago.

    1. Susan Lee Beecher
    2. Herbert J Tan
    2 lawyer answers

    Mr. Tan, who previously answered this question,is from New Jersey, and unemployment compensation laws may be slightly different from what we have in Washington. Here in Washington, if your wife is terminated for "poor performance", she will still be qualified for unemployment compensation. She will NOT qualify for unemployment compensation is she voluntarily quits (except under certain circumstances which in this case would be hard to prove) or if she is terminated for misconduct. Misconduct...

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