Employee Handbooks – and Why They're Important

Season 3, Episode 8 – First day on the job. It is daunting for anyone. A new employee has a lot to absorb, and a business owner has high expectations. What can help things go smoothly for the employee and the employer? Item number one: the Employee Handbook. A clearly written Employee Handbook is also a valuable resource detailing an employer’s expectations, company regulations, dress code, accepted behavior, and more. When everyone is on the same page, the employment story can properly take place. In this first of a two-part podcast, JDSA attorney Todd Kiesz opens the book on Employee Handbooks – and Why They’re Important.

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The Dangers of Mislabeling Food Products

Season 3, Episode 7 – In this age of heightened awareness to food allergies, consumer demand for transparent food labeling is significant. Terms such as “all natural,” “organic,” “gluten-free,” and others, are everywhere.  But food product manufacturers, co-packers, distributors, and others along the chain of distribution must take concerted steps to ensure accurate food product labeling and avoid cross-contamination. Companies must understand the governing regulations, and the risks from lawsuits brought by consumers or enforcement actions by federal agencies for failure to comply. JDSA attorney Sally White discusses some of the more common risks and how companies can best avoid them, in The Dangers of Mislabeling Food Products.

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Adverse Possession – When Trespassers Become Property Owners

Season 3, Episode 6 – Imagine a complete stranger suddenly owning title to your property—while you’re still living on it! It’s known as Adverse Possession. And it can happen. In certain circumstances a trespasser can enter your property, occupy it, and then gain legal claim to it. So what exactly is Adverse Possession? How does it end up in court? And what is the test for a trespasser to qualify for ownership? Before you start building walls around your home, JDSA Attorney Matthew Hitchcock informs us about something most of us didn’t know was a thing, in this podcast titled Adverse Possession – When Trespassers Become Property Owners.

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Washington’s Cannabis Industry – the Woes and What’s Next - Part 2

Season 3, Episode 5 – Who is in favor of the cannabis industry? Who’s against it? Who is looking around the room unable to make a decision? Relighting the ongoing discussion about the Washington cannabis industry, brings us to Part 2 of a deep dive into what’s happening in our state. In this podcast episode, we explore what’s approved and what’s in a holding pattern in specific counties. Who has voted in favor of letting cannabis-related businesses operate, and who is saying “no way”. In this second of two parts podcast, JDSA attorney Lindsey Weidenbach keeps us tuned in with Washington’s Cannabis Industry – the Woes and What’s Next - Part 2.

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Washington’s Cannabis Industry – The Woes and What’s Next - Part 1

Season 3, Episode 4 – Cannabis is a hot topic—and big business—in Washington State. What we knew a month ago, is now old information. The Washington cannabis industry is ever-changing and ever-evolving—as are the laws that govern it. So what’s new? What’s changed? What must everyone digest? And more…what’s up with oversupply, tracking, diversion and the Sessions effect? In this first of two parts podcast, JDSA attorney Lindsey Weidenbach zones in on Washington’s Cannabis Industry – The Woes and What’s Next - Part 1.

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Product Labeling – What Does “Gluten Free” Really Mean?

Season 3, Episode 3 – With the rise of “gluten-free marketing” and the growing, multi-billion dollar “gluten-free” industry, current estimates show that nearly 30% of the population is actively avoiding gluten for health or personal reasons.  Yet, gluten-free food labeling can be confusing, and the governing regulations are complex.  To make sense of it all, JDSA attorney Sally White discusses Product Labeling – What Does “Gluten-Free” Really Mean?

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Property Easements – and What You Should Know About Them

Season 3, Episode 2 – You may think its just shared space - the neighborly “gray” area between one piece of property and another. But a property easement can be so much more than just intersecting driveways. If not clearly defined, it could mean you forfeit some of your land. What’s worse, in some cases, you could even lose title to some of your land. Wait. What? Yes, it’s true – property easements are very complex, and it’s very important you understand them. Learn more and be in the know. Listen in to this podcast episode as JDSA attorney Matthew Hitchcock discusses Property Easements – and What You Should Know About Them.

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Are You a Farm Labor Contractor? The Answer May Surprise You.

Season 3, Episode 1 – Agriculture is big business in many rural areas of the country. And when you hire farm laborers, you may actually be a farm labor contractor. So what does this mean? How does this affect you as an employer and business owner? There are important rules about how farm laborers are to be treated, big fines if you don’t comply with applicable laws, and—of course—paperwork to properly file along the way. Ready to learn more? Listen to this podcast episode as JDSA attorney Lindsey Weidenbach presents: Are You a Farm Labor Contractor? The Answer May Surprise You.

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Arbitration Clauses

Season 2, Episode 26 – You know your favorite sports athlete has gone through this, but it’s just as likely you will one day. It’s Arbitration - and it’s not just for high-profile sports heroes. It is often the method of resolution for most legal agreements. In fact, you probably agree to it every time you click “accept” when installing a new app on your smartphone. You know, the “terms of use” few to no one ever reads. Arbitration is a mainstay of legal dispute resolution. But is arbitration a good idea for you? Is this your best way to solve a legal dispute? And what exactly is binding arbitration? In this podcast episode, JDSA Attorney Clay Gatens - explains Arbitration Clauses – Advantages and Disadvantages.

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1031 Exchange - What’s the Benefit?

Season 2, Episode 24 – You can do this in business, but you can’t do it for personal gain. What part of the tax code is this? It’s the 1031 Exchange, or as you may know it, the Like Kind Exchange. For instance, when you need new equipment for your business, you can sell the old, and defer the taxes until a later date. Sounds great, doesn’t it? What if taxes go up? How long can you defer the taxes? And why can’t you do this with your personal taxes? The 1031 Exchange doesn't benefit every situation, although it might be right for your business. In this podcast, JDSA Attorney Lindsey Weidenbach explains the 1031 Exchange - What’s The Benefit?

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Consumer Class Actions - And How They Work (Part 2 of 2)

Season 2, Episode 23 –The conversation continues. Welcome to Part 2 in a discussion about Consumer Class Action Lawsuits. In this podcast, you’ll learn more about opting-in and opting-out; what you should do if you receive a notice of a Class Action; how you can find out more information; what your legal rights are; and what options you have regarding settlement. And are you going to receive “more than 99 cents”? Listen in as JDSA Attorney Clay Gatens continues on the topic Consumer Class Actions - And How They Work.

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Consumer Class Actions - And How They Work (Part 1 of 2)

Season 2, Episode 22 – You just received a letter in the mail stating you may be entitled to a cash payout in a Class Action Lawsuit. What is this? What should you do? And how did they even know to send this to you? Consumer Class Action Lawsuits are often long, drawn-out legal battles. But do they cost you anything to join? Should you opt-in or opt-out? And what if you have a consumer complaint that could trigger a new Class Action Lawsuit? This podcast is Part 1 in a two-part discussion with JDSA Attorney Clay Gatens who explains the finer details of Consumer Class Actions - And How They Work.

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Cannabis in Washington State – Changes Keep Growing

Season 2, Episode 21 – Cannabis production and sale in Washington State is growing rapidly as a legitimate industry. However, business owners and employees both have to navigate the guidelines, regulations, and restrictions that come with the production and sale of cannabis. The restrictions are considerable. What banks will take your money? Can you grow, sell or do both? How many licenses can you have? And how do you file all the regulatory paperwork? Cannabis is an emerging industry with constantly changing regulations. In this podcast episode, JDSA Attorney Lindsey Weidenbach discusses Cannabis in Washington State – Changes Keep Growing.

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Cannabis – State V. Federal Laws

Season 2, Episode 19 – Did you know cannabis is legal in all 50 states? It is - but each state has different regulations. Even though it is legalized for recreational use in Washington State, it is not an easy industry to do business. Banking can be challenging. Getting a loan to buy property may be even harder. And paying your taxes? You may have to pay a penalty! There’s nothing easy about this, but JDSA Law attorneys are working on ways to make it a friendlier place to do business. In this episode, JDSA Attorney Lindsey Weidenbach discusses The Cannabis Industry - State v. Federal Laws.

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Debt Collection – What's Legal?

Season 2, Episode 18 – You’ve just received a call from a debt collector. What is the first thing you do? Do you hang up and block the number? Or do you ask for identification? Should you immediately negotiate a repayment plan? Or should you ask for proof of the debt owed? What are your rights? What are the debt collector’s rights? It’s important to know what to do, and what not to do if you get a call - or a letter - claiming you owe someone money. In this podcast episode, JDSA Attorney Devon Gray talks about Debt Collection - What’s Legal, And What’s Not.

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Divorce – Who Gets What, And How is That Determined?

Season 2, Episode 16 – Ever heard anyone say discussing divorce is easy? Likely, not. Divorce is never an easy conversation. And the division of assets and liabilities can make that discussion even harder. In fact, do you know what assets and liabilities you jointly share? Who gets what? The house. The car. The money. The bills. Is it fair to all parties – and the kids? Can you go back to court to revisit the decisions later? What you think you know about who gets what in a divorce may surprise you. In this episode, JDSA Attorney Jordan Miller discusses Divorce – Who Gets What, And How is That Determined?

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Tips for Avoiding Litigation – In Agreements and Contracts

Season 2, Episode 15 – A contract. An agreement. Is there a difference? Chances are you never thought about it. So what makes a contract or an agreement a good idea? When should you have one? What should be included? There’s so much more to consider than what the good ol' handshake can cover. And knowing how to properly lay out your expectations can help you avoid litigation down the road. In this podcast episode, JDSA Attorney Matthew Hitchcock presents Tips for Avoiding Litigation – In Agreements and Contracts.

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Legal Tips for Cohabiting Non-married Couples

Season 2, Episode 13 – You live together, but you’re not married. You intend to remain committed, but marriage is just not your thing. On that, you both agree. But what if, one day, you went your separate ways? What if one of you becomes ill? You’re not legally family, so can you visit in the hospital? Do you have a say in your partner’s medical treatment and care? A co-habitation agreement is about more than who gets the flatware! In this episode, JDSA Attorney Jordan Miller discusses Legal Tips for Cohabiting Non-married Couples.

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Should I Sue? What to Consider BEFORE Filing a Lawsuit.

Season 2, Episode 12 – Has anyone ever threatened to sue you? Have you ever been told you should sue someone? In either scenario, there is a lot to consider. And most importantly, you need to clearly understand what is involved. Do you have a good case? Would you ever collect if you win? Is there an alternative to suing? In this podcast episode, JDSA Attorney Matthew Hitchcock addresses Should I Sue? What to Consider BEFORE Filing a Lawsuit.

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Types of Restraining Orders

Season 2, Episode 10 – Being harassed? Feel threatened? In an abusive relationship? A restraining order could be key in keeping you safe. But how do you get a restraining order? And what kind? There are four types of restraining orders in Washington State. Each has a specific purpose and benefit. All are important pieces of the law and the courts. So what does an experienced attorney think about this? In this podcast episode, JDSA Attorney Jordan Miller discusses Restraining Orders – Different Types for Different Reasons.

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