Campbell, Dille, Barnett, and Smith recently announced its continued support of the Puyallup Main Street Association (PMSA). For many years, PMSA has played an important role in revitalizing the downtown core. PMSA is a local non-profit working to bring more people to the city core to work, play, shop and dine. PMSA is a nonprofit that benefits local businesses and community, with programs that include the Farmer’s Market, Meeker Days, and the Art & Wine Walk. Each of these programs consistently ranks among the best downtown events in the state of Washington. The law firm has been proud to play a role in the management of PMSA. Patty Barnett was one of the original Board members of PMSA. This year the tradition continues -- CDB congratulates attorney John Forsythe on his selection as a director and as Chair of PMSA’s Economic Development Committee. CDB also provides financial support to PMSA. We continue this moving into 2013, with direct financial contributions through the Washington State B&O Tax Credit Program. Under the state’s B&O Tax Credit Program, a percentage of the donor’s B&O tax can be redirected to the organization of your choice. If you are interested in this unique opportunity, contact PMSA and/or see your tax professional for specifics.

Attorneys at CDB Law are excited to provide B&O Tax Contributions to Puyallup Main Street AssociationCampbell, Dille, Barnett, and Smith realizes the importance of community involvement. Our attorneys have consistently provided support to local communities through financial sponsorship, volunteer work, board assignments and others. We continue this moving into 2012 by supporting our local Main Street Association. The Puyallup Main Street Association is a local non-profit working to bring more people to the city core to work, play, shop and dine. The association puts on events such as the Meeker Days Festival, Puyallup Farmer's Market, Art & Wine Walk and now Holiday On Ice. Our office supports the efforts of the Main Street Association and provides direct financial contributions through the Washington State B&O tax program. This program allows for a percentage of your B&O tax to be redirected to the organization of your choice. See your tax professional for specifics.

John Forsythe has joined Campbell Dille Barnett & Smith as a personal injury and employment attorney. John spent two years practicing with Lane Powell PC in Seattle, WA, where he focused on personal injury and employment discrimination matters, with a special emphasis on premises (store owner) liability. John graduated from the University of Texas School of Law, where he was a member of the Texas International Law Journal and the Texas Young Lawyers Interscholastic Mock Trial team. John is licensed to practice in the State of Washington and the United States District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts. John serves as a board member and Director of Economic Development for the Puyallup Main Street Association, an organization dedicated to promoting quality business, cultural and community growth in downtown Puyallup. In his spare time, John enjoys hiking throughout the Pacific Northwest. He hopes to one day summit Mt. Rainier.

Earlier this year, Washington became one of now twelve states to enact social media password protection laws, in a nationwide trend towards prohibiting employers from accessing restricted, personal media contents of applicants and employees.

What Does the Law Prohibit Employers From Doing?

On May 21st, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee signed into law S.B. 5211, which prohibits an employer from requesting, requiring, or otherwise coercing employees or applicants to:

  • disclose their log-in information to their social networking accounts;
  • access their accounts in front of the employer (also called “shoulder surfing”);
  • add the employer or anyone else to the list of contacts associated with their accounts; or
  • change their privacy settings on their accounts to allow their accounts to be viewed by the employer.

The law also precludes an employer from retaliating against an employee or applicant who refuses to take any of the above actions.

What Does the Law Allow Employers to Do?

The law does contain numerous exceptions.

First, employers may require employees to share content (but not login information) from a social networking account so that the employer can gather facts as part of an investigation regarding the employee’s online social networking activity and (a) violation of legal or regulatory requirements; (b) work-related misconduct or (c) unauthorized transfers of the employer’s trade secrets to the employee’s personal social networking account.

Second, the law does not apply to platforms intended for work-related information exchanges by employees or other workers, like an employer’s Facebook page. Third, an employer can request log-in information to access accounts, services, or devices, paid for or supplied by the employer. Fourth, the law does not prohibit an employer from enforcing existing personnel policies that do not conflict with the law. Fifth, SB 5211 does not interfere with an employer’s duty to comply with “the requirements of state or federal statutes, rules or regulations, case law, or rules of self-regulatory organizations.” Finally, an employer does not violate the law if it inadvertently obtains an employee’s log-in information through the course of monitoring employer-provided devices or network, but the employer may not use that log-in information to access the worker’s personal social networking accounts.

What Remedies Are Available to Employees if an Employer Violates the Law?

An aggrieved employee or job applicant can bring a lawsuit to get “injunctive or other equitable relief, actual damages, a penalty in the amount of $500, and reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs.”

An employer who gets sued under the section and prevails can get “reasonable expenses and attorneys’ fees upon final judgment and written findings by the trial judge that the action was frivolous and advanced without reasonable cause.”

The law firm of Campbell Dille Barnett & Smith is excited to announce its renewed sponsorship and support of the Northwest Sinfonietta. The Northwest Sinfonietta brings together many talents to create an extraordinary musical experience. The attorneys of Campbell Dille Barnett & Smith understand that success depends upon collaboration. This is why, as one of the Puget Sound’s leading law firms, we work closely with our clients to deliver stellar legal services, fine tuned to our clients’ needs. Our firm offers a dynamic range of legal services, with attorneys well practiced in business, employment, real estate, personal injury, family law and estate planning. We join with you in celebrating the achievement of this outstanding orchestra.

Campbell, Dille, Barnett, and Smith Sponsor Holiday On Ice, Puyallup, WACampbell, Dille, Barnett, & Smith are proud to announce our financial sponsorship of the Holiday on Ice event in Downtown Puyallup. This event brings Ice Skating to downtown for the first time in recent history. CDB Law is  proud to partner with the Downtown Main Street Association and the other community sponsors. For more information about this event please contact the Puyallup Main Street Association.