No Good Deed Goes Unpunished
201811.08
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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Paying Employees to be on Duty During Lunch Exposes Employer to Double Damages Andy Kinstler, JD, Mediator, Pacific ADR Consulting Employer-side attorneys in Washington have long used the “bona fide” dispute defense to avoid the “hammer” of double damages in wage withholding litigation.  That defense took a serious blow in the case Hill v. Garda,…

201811.06
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Top 10 Tips for a Successful Mediation

10 TIPS TO PREPARE FOR MEDIATION A clear majority of civil cases end up in mediation before trial as a result of statute, court rule or by agreement of the parties.  Most mediations occur in one day or less.  Given that many cases are factually or legally complex and inspire intense emotions of the parties,…