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New Restaurant Opening Conditions Create Potential Data Breach Liabilities for Business Owners

On May 12, 2020, Governor Jay Inslee approved several Washington counties to move to Phase 2 of the Four-Phase Plan to reopen the state. With this approval, the Governor has released a set of requirements for different business activities, the implementation of which is required as a condition of being able to open the business to the public. Among those requirements is the obligation for dine-in restaurants and taverns to create a daily log of all customers and maintain that...
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“Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Order Issued to Combat COVID-19

On March 23, 2020, Governor Inslee issued a statewide proclamation titled a “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Order as part of the State of Washington’s efforts to prevent the further spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) within the state.  The Order is to be in place for two weeks; from March 25, 2020 (Midnight) until April 8, 2020 (but it may be extended).  Under the terms this proclamation: Every Washington Resident will be required to stay home unless they need to pursue...
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Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic for Washington Businesses

At the time of this writing, it is clear that the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic is having and will continue to have a significant impact on the economy – effecting businesses of all kinds – particularly small businesses.  To survive, there is an important lesson to remember: “Nobody ever regrets making fast and decisive adjustments to changing circumstances”; and changing circumstances is where small businesses find themselves right now. The current pandemic presents both operational and legal issues for small...
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30-Second Consult: Before You Send That Email.

Email and texting make it easy to send quick responses. That reality is a double-edged sword.  In emotionally charged moments, it is dangerously easy to respond or to vent about things using email and text messages, but my advice as a lawyer – don’t do it.  This is particularly true for businesspeople. A person should always think about what they send via email or text as something that might be read aloud in court someday.  That could be a chilling...
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