Arbitration – The Impact of Employment Dispute Resolution Agreements

Season 3, Episode 16 – The Epic Systems case is a recent United States Supreme Court decision that could have a significant impact on businesses and employees throughout the country. But is it good or bad for you? The Supreme Court has ruled that companies can use an arbitration clause in an employment contract. So, instead of going to court, employees may have to resolve disputes with their employer through arbitration. Is this good for employees? Or is it entirely lop-sided, and all in the favor of the company? This makes for a hot topic, and why you want to hear this podcast episode. Listen in as JDSA attorney Colleen Frei explains the new U.S. Supreme Court ruling and how it can affect you, in Arbitration – The Impact of Employment Dispute Resolution Agreements.

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The Importance of a Proper Legal Venue

Season 3, Episode 15 – There’s a lot of work that goes into getting ready for a court case. And something you may never have thought of, is where it will take place. How much does the venue where your case is heard matter? Could the outcome be affected? What’s the criteria for deciding the location, and who makes the final determination about what courtroom, what judge—and in what county—your case will be tried. It’s an important piece of the legal puzzle, and something your attorney takes into consideration. In this podcast episode, JDSA attorney Jordan Miller explores The Importance of a Proper Legal Venue.

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Succession Planning – And Why It’s Critical For Business Success

Season 3, Episode 14 – The most important job in your company could be replacing a top person. In any company—large or small, corporate or family business—there will come a time when the CEO or another high-ranking leader will retire, or move on. Sometimes the departure is sudden and unexpected. Who will fill those shoes? Is there someone inside your company ready to take the lead? Or do you need to look outside the organization? How do you plan for this company-changing event? And when should you start thinking about it? In this podcast episode, JDSA attorney Colleen Frei talks about grooming leadership for the future health of your business in Succession Planning – And Why It’s Critical For Business Success.

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Tax Rules and Alimony Changes Impacting Spousal Support

Season 3, Episode 13 – Divorce and Taxes. You can’t have one without the other. Recent changes to the Federal tax code will impact the taxation of spousal support, and the changes are as complex as a divorce itself. So, what’s changing? Who gets to pay more tax? Could the changes affect the amount a person pays or receives? And what does it all mean in the grander scheme of filing your income tax? In this special podcast episode, JDSA attorneys Jordan Miller and Lindsey Weidenbach bring together their individual areas of practice to explain and simplify the topic of Tax Rules and Alimony - Changes Impacting Spousal Support.

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Trademark Infringement – Creative Approaches to Cease and Desist Communications

Season 3, Episode 12 – If your trademark is infringed upon, you might send a cease and desist communication to the infringer. But in this day of lightning-fast social media and online posting, companies have been burned when their overly-aggressive cease and desist communications go viral. To avoid this risk, some have turned their cease and desist communications into marketing campaigns, social media promotions, or even just initial gentle words that only escalate if necessary. JDSA attorney Sally White explores this less traditional model with some entertaining examples, in Creative Approaches to Cease and Desist Communications

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Tips for Hiring a Construction Contractor

Season 3, Episode 11 – Get it in writing. That’s the common tip people give when someone is hiring a contractor.“You’ll thank me”, is usually the last piece of the conversation. But is there more to hiring a contractor than just a written quote? You bet your hammer and nails there is! Firstly, what is the legal definition of a contractor? How much homework do you really need to do? What licenses should your contractor have? Insurance? References? Worker’s Compensation? Who resolves a problem or dispute? There’s definitely more to hiring a contractor than just a written quote. JDSA Attorney Matthew Hitchcock gives us important ideas to build on in this podcast titled Tips for Hiring a Construction Contractor.

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Child Custody Change in Non-Parental Visitation Rights

Season 3, Episode 10 – Grandparents now have rights. If that statement surprises you, it is likely you have never had to go to court to see your grandchild. There are changes in Washington State’s child custody laws, and it can directly affect grandparents, stepparents, and other relatives. So, do you now have the right to visitation? You may. But what exactly does “visitation” mean? How do you petition the court? What are the new rules? In this podcast episode filled with new and important information, JDSA attorney Jordan Miller explains the latest developments in Washington’s child custody and visitation laws in, Child Custody – Changes in Non-Parental Visitation Rights.

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Tips for Creating an Effective Employee Handbook

Season 3, Episode 9 – Instructions aren’t just for assembling the patio furniture. In business, your company’s Employee Handbook is your instruction manual for success. But what goes in your Employee Handbook? What are the should-includes, the must-haves, and the you-can’t-dictate-thats? Does your company’s Employee Handbook really need to be more than dress code, work hours, and where the fire exits are found? Do you need to speak with an attorney? Or can you write it yourself? In this second of two-parts podcast, JDSA attorney Todd Kiesz turns the page on Tips for Creating an Effective Employee Handbook.

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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. *This is Part 1 in a two-part series regarding employee handbooks.

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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

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

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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