September 3, 2019
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Washington fire season relatively mild so far, but there are months to go

Washington’s relatively cool and rainy summer weather has helped keep big fires at bay, experts say.

Crosscut took a look at the fire season last week, and noted that for the past two years at this time, people were using smoke masks and staying indoors to avoid smoky weather from not just Washington but all over the American West and even Siberia.

“Multiple experts told Crosscut that sustained rain, lightning activity and human activity — things meteorologists can’t reasonably forecast months out — have largely kept the season from getting out of control to date,” the website reported. “It also has kept firefighting resources from being stretched thin.”

But don’t relax just yet. Fire weather is kind of like the stock market, one expert said – past performance does not guarantee future returns.

Visit the state Department of Natural Resources web site here for more information about fire season in Washington.



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Employers need to prepare for new noncompete laws

By Tim O'Connell of Stoel Rives

During the last legislative session, Washington took significant steps to limit noncompetition agreements for employees in the state and prohibit employer policies that ban moonlighting, impacting not only an important part of many local companies' strategies to protect their market position, but also employee loyalty.

The new state statute regarding noncompetition agreements and moonlighting policies demands attention from Washington employers...

Starting Jan. 1, 2020, employers that utilize noncompetition agreements need to carefully evaluate whether those agreements will meet the new state standards. If not, employers should revoke or revise those agreements prior to the effective date...

Properly structured noncompetition agreements and properly based policies regarding moonlighting are valid. Employers must, however, address these new limitations, sooner rather than later.

Read the full column in The Puget Sound Business Journal