• 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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  • David Johnston leaving school board seat

    SNOHOMISH — When David Johnston walks away from an 11-year stint on the school board this September, it also means the conscientious leader who championed equality among schools can exit satisfied. Johnston helped see Glacier Peak High School open, helped decide facets inside the relatively new Aquatic Center and weighed in on the transition to…

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  • U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements

    The high financial cost of defending class action employment lawsuits causes many employers to settle the claims, even meritless.  In a recent decision, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld employers’ right to avoid costly lawsuits through arbitration agreements that require individualized arbitration of employment disputes. In Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, 2018 WL 2292444 (S. Ct….

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  • New Washington State Employment Laws Taking Effect on June 7, 2018

    Read about new Washington State employment laws covering matters including disclosure of religious affiliation, waiver of discrimination claims in employment agreements, employment protection for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and gender wage and advancement equity.

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  • Livengood Alskog Partner David Seeley’s Family Honored by The University of Washington for Environmental Philanthropy and Supporting Former Screen Legend’s Mission

    This month David Seeley, a firm partner and his family were honored in Columns – The University of Washington Alumni Magazine for their environmental philanthropy efforts in seeking to preserve a pristine and remote atoll in French Polynesia called Tetiaroa. Learn more about the Seeley family’s contributions to helping preserve this atoll.

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  • Livengood Alskog Highlighted in the Kirkland Reporter for Hosting Rooftop Concert to Benefit Hopelink

    We are proud to have hosted a rooftop Concert featuring Green Tangerine, a local Beatles tribute band, this past Saturday afternoon as part of a free concert to benefit Hopelink. Since 1971, Hopelink has been committed to creating a community free of poverty by serving the homeless, low income families, children, seniors, and people with disabilities in north and east King County.

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  • Estate Planning for Your Washington State Small Business

    When small business owners create a succession plan, they tend to focus on one topic: who will take the reins when I die?  While this is the most important issue, there are other matters to address.  For small business owners, Washington estate taxes can become a major hurdle due to the assets that compromise their…

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  • Beattles Rooftop Concert Featuring CRÈME TANGERINE will Rock Kirkland on Saturday – January 27, 2018 at Noon

    Kirkland Chamber of Commerce presents Seattle’s favorite Beatles music  experience on the rooftop balcony of the Livengood Alskog Building to celebrate the anniversary of The Beatle’s legendary last performance and to benefit Hopelink. Learn more about this concert.

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  • Kevin Hansen Receives the Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce A. Duane Lund Chapter Member of the Year Award

    Livengood Alskog is pleased to announce that Kevin B. Hansen is the recipient of the Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce A. Duane Lund Chamber Member of the Year Award.  Read more about this award.

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  • 2018 Estate and Gift Tax Update

    The 2018 federal exemption for gift and estate taxes is $5.6 million per person. If making a portability election, a surviving spouse can have an exemption up to $11.2 million. The new exemption amount is increased from $5.49 million in 2017. Estates in excess of the exemption amount are subject to a 40% tax on all assets over the exemption. The federal generation skipping transfer tax exemption is also $5.6 million.

    Read more about the exemption and gift limits.

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