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Susan Lee Beecher

Kent Family Law Attorney.

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  1. If i opt to resign in lieu of termination w/ cause & the employer will not contest unemployment benefits, what will that affect?

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Susan Lee Beecher
    2. Elisa W. Ungerman
    2 lawyer answers

    It could possibly affect your unemployment benefits, though it would be hardv to say without more facts. In Washington State, you do not qualify for unemployment benefits if you resign except under a limited set of circumstances. (For example, if your pay is cut by 25% or more, or if the safety standards in your workplace deteriorate.) You also do not qualify for unemployment benefits if you are let go for misconduct. In your case, you are being offered the opportunity to resign in order to...

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  2. Can an employer in WA deduct wages from your paycheck if something is stolen/shoplifted from the store while you are working?

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Susan Lee Beecher
    1 lawyer answer

    Actually, the law is not grey at all. The employer cannot charge the employees for thefts that occur except under specific circumstances. If the employer has reason to believe that the employee committed the crime, the employer can deduct the amount from the last paycheck, so long as the paycheck amount still equals minimum wage. The employer must also report the theft to the police. So, the employer can seek some recovery if he thinks a specific employee is stealing from him, but he also...

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  3. MOTHER HAS ALLOWED DAUGHTER TO MOVE TO FATHERS W/ VERBAL AGREEMENT SHE STAYS UNTIL SHE'S 18 - CAN DAUGHTER CHOOSE?

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Susan Lee Beecher
    1 lawyer answer

    You don't really have a choice at this point about whether CPS is going to be called. Based on what you have told me, I think this will not necessarily hinder the decision of the daughter to go and stay with the father. Dealing with CPS is not necessarily an easy matter, but based on what you have written, it is the mother who has much to worry about. Legally, your husband's daughter cannot make the choice which parent she will live with. The court determines that, but the judge determines...

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  4. My legal responsibilities for my visiting sibling

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Andrew Y. Kim
    2. Susan Lee Beecher
    3. Yevgeny Jack Berner
    3 lawyer answers

    Try reposting this question under "Immigration Law" and you are likely to get more response. Though this involves family, it is not really an area that family law attorneys deal with much unless they also do immigration law. Good luck.

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  5. Does your employer have the right not to fire you & keep you as an employee? Even if they never work you.

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Susan Lee Beecher
    2. Georg Michael Capielo
    2 lawyer answers

    Yes. If they have stopped assigning hours to you, no matter what they care to call it, you are no longer employed, and you are entitled to unemployment compensation. Go ahead and apply today.

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  6. My co-worker of almost 20 years is son of owner of privately-held comp. where I am employed. Son (30 yo) drinks alcohol on-job.

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Susan Lee Beecher
    1 lawyer answer

    Does your company's contract with Washington State forbid alcohol in the workplace? If so, you may have some options. Otherwise, the news is not good. If there are no safety issues (son is not driving, operating equipment, caring for children or drilling teeth, for example) and none of you has cause for concern personally (son is not being "inappropriate" while drunk) and the owners have been made aware of his drinking, then there is nothing you can legally do. I know that's disappointing, but...

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  7. Employer requiring employee to work beyond schedule.

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Susan Lee Beecher
    1 lawyer answer

    I'm assuming there is no collective bargaining agreement and that this is a private employer. The employer is required to give him a certain number of breaks, depending on how long he is working. But the only real protection is that the employer must pay him time-and-a-half for each hour over 40 he works in a week. Certain kinds of work (such as driving a truck or flying an airplane) also have rest requirements for the protection of the public.

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  8. Am I eligible for unemployment benefits?

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Susan Lee Beecher
    1 lawyer answer

    You may leave the LLC open and continue to work at it as a side business. If you get laid off from your new position, you will need to make a diligent, full time effort to get a new job, and you will need to let Employment Security know if you are earning any income in the side business.

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  9. My employer is about to pull out of ADA accommodations with which they agreed more than six months ago and enacted. Can they?

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Susan Lee Beecher
    1 lawyer answer

    The Washington Law Against Discrimination (our state level version of the anti-discrimination laws) is actually much more employee friendly than the ADA. I think under state law, you should be protected and they should not be able to do this. Details always make the difference, though, so I would encourage you to discuss the situation with an employment law attorney. Your can also go to the EEOC or the Washington Human Rights Commission, and they will look into your case for free. However, I...

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  10. Does it matter how many roommates are living in my ex wife house and with all of them working would it change the child supp amt

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Susan Lee Beecher
    2. Yale Lewis III
    2 lawyer answers

    If she has additional income that she did not have at the time she prepared the CS worksheet (or that she did not declare at that time), this should affect the child support amount. This assumes that she is actually receiving rent from them, in one form or another. Child support orders may be reviewed once every two years, or after one year if there is a substantial change in circumstances.

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