• Employers Beware: New Non-Compete Statute Takes Effect January 1, 2020

    Washington recently joined other states by restricting the use of non-competition agreements for employees and independent contractors. The new law, Chapter 49.62 RCW, takes effect on January 1, 2020 and affects both new non-competition agreements and existing agreements.

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  • Law Firms Livengood Alskog and Peterson Russell Kelly to Join Forces

    We are excited to announce that we will be joining joining with Peterson Russell Kelley PLLC effective January 1, 2020. Our combined firm will be known as Peterson Russell Livengood PPLC, and the firm’s attorneys will continue to serve clients from Peterson Russell Kelly’s current Bellevue office and an office in Kirkland. We invite you to read the press release for our combination.

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  • Firm Member John J. White Selected for Inclusion in Washington Super Lawyers® for Tax Law

    We are pleased to announce that firm member John White has again been selected for inclusion in Washington Super Lawyers® for tax law for 2019. This year marks the 14th year that John has been selected for this prestigious honor.

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  • Washington Supreme Court Rules that Obesity Is a Disability Under Washington’s Law Against Discrimination

    Washington’s Supreme Court decided on July 11 that obesity is a “disability” under the state discrimination law and that employers who refuse to hire an obese job applicant (who is otherwise able to perform the job) are liable under the statute. Learn more about the effect of this statute.

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  • John White Named to the Washington Super Lawyers® List

    We are pleased to announce that John White, a Member of Livengood Alskog, has been named to the Washington Super Lawyers® list for 2019.  Super Lawyers® is a national recognition of outstanding lawyers who nominated by their peers based upon their professional achievement.   No more than 5% of the lawyers in a state are included…

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  • 2019 Estate and Gift Tax Update

    The 2019 federal exemption for gift and estate taxes is $11,400,000 per person.  If making a portability election, a surviving spouse can have an exemption up to $22.8 million. 

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  • Is Obesity a Disability Under Washington’s Law Against Discrimination?

    Washington employers should take note of a pending case in which the Washington Supreme Court will decide whether obesity is a “disability” under Washington’s Law Against Discrimination (WLAD).  The case was recently sent to the state Supreme Court by the federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The case (Taylor v. BNSF Railway Co., No. 16-35205…

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