Bellingham Employer Counseling and Preventative Advice

Helping employers manage their rights and obligations

Maintaining a staff of permanent employees is a sure sign of growth and success in a business but it also places numerous legal obligations upon employers. Understanding the scope of these obligations is crucial to avoiding legal liability, fines and employee disputes. As a Bellingham employment law firm, Adelstein, Sharpe & Serka LLP remains fully apprised of the constantly changing requirements that employers face. We offer employer counseling services to businesses that want to be proactive, promote good employee relations and reduce their risk of liability.

Employer obligations and issues

Employers in Washington State are subject to a battery of state and federal laws regulating nearly every aspect of their relationships with their employees. To be effective, Bellingham employment law firms must maintain a thorough knowledge not only of these laws but of the accompanying regulations and interpretive case law:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
  • Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)
  • Washington wage and hour laws
  • Workers compensation laws
  • Washington State Law Against Discrimination

These major employment laws, as well as many others, frequently have an impact on the routine decisions you as an employer must make. And failing to satisfy these legal requirements can bring about fines and civil liability. Quite simply, businesses need the help of a Bellingham employment lawyer to understand and meet their obligations as employers under these and other laws.

Consulting with an employment law firm allows you to make these decisions with confidence. At Adelstein, Sharpe & Serka LLP, you can rest assured knowing that you have more than 130 years of collective employment law experience at your disposal. We work closely with our clients to understand their businesses and to provide tailored solutions and advice that addresses their unique situations and concerns.

Ready access to reliable legal counsel regarding employment issues

For more than 38 years, Adelstein, Sharpe & Serka LLP has been a reliable source of counsel and representation for employers throughout Washington State. From our offices in Bellingham, WA, we serve clients throughout Whatcom, Island, Skagit and San Juan counties and British Columbia, providing an alternative to the expensive and impersonal Seattle firms. Contact us today online or by calling 360.671.6565 to schedule a consultation.