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State Supreme Court Sides With Farmworkers On Pay For Breaks

Jul 16, 2015
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The Washington State Supreme Court dealt a victory to farmworkers today in a closely watched case governing pay for rest breaks. The unanimous ruling covers pay for “piecework”—that is, when you’re paid by the task, like picking a pound of fruit, instead of by the hour.

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The Washington legislature has passed a budget, but that plan still has one more test to pass.  The Washington Supreme Court has held the legislature in contempt for inadequately funding education. The Washington legislature has passed a budget, but that plan still has one more test to pass. The Washington Supreme Court has held the legislature in contempt for inadequately funding education.

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The Washington Legislature has laid enough groundwork to comply with a state Supreme Court ruling on education funding. That’s the opinion of the lawyer charged with representing state lawmakers in the ongoing McCleary Case.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed that progress report with the court Monday.

Justices held the Legislature in contempt for failing to do enough to address the McCleary ruling. But Ferguson’s memo claimed lawmakers have filed bills that would satisfy the Court — if they’re passed into law during an upcoming special session. 

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The getaway driver in the 2009 killings of four Lakewood police officers will receive a new trial. That was the unanimous decision Thursday of the Washington Supreme Court.

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The Washington State Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday regarding the constitutionality of the voter-approved charter school law.

The primary issue in the case is whether certain tax dollars can go to the privately-run but publicly-funded schools.

State law dictates that certain funding is only for so-called “common schools” - traditionally, K-12 public schools.

Last year, a King County Superior Court judge ruled that funding charters with money that’s restricted for common schools was unconstitutional.

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The fate of a human trafficking lawsuit against Backpage.com is now in the hands of the Washington Supreme Court. The justices heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case that involves three underage victims of sex trafficking.

The lawsuit alleges the Washington girls were pimped-out through ads posted to Backpage.com. Erik Bauer is a lawyer for the victims. He argues Backpage has created a sex marketplace where human trafficking can flourish.

Washington’s Supreme Court heard oral arguments at Gonzaga University’s law school Thursday. Students and community members grabbed seats to watch three hearings, one of which originated in Spokane.

Justice Mary Fairhurst attended Gonzaga as an undergrad and law student, and says they try to take the court on the road three times a year. She says the case of State of Washington versus Jason Allen Graham, a Spokane man, was a good fit to bring on the road.

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The Washington Supreme Court has found the state legislature in contempt. That order issued Thursday is just the latest twist in the ongoing McCleary school funding lawsuit.

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The getaway driver in the murders of four Lakewood police officers is seeking a new trial. The case has made it to the Washington Supreme Court and today the justices heard arguments.


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The state of Washington now has until the end of the year to stop “boarding” mental health patients in non-psychiatric hospital beds. The Supreme Court Friday granted a 120-day stay in a ruling that declared the practice of boarding illegal.

This basically buys the state some breathing room. The Department of Social and Health Services will now have until December 26th to open 145 new psychiatric beds across the state. Governor Jay Inslee has freed up $30 million for the effort. As of late last month, about 200 patients were being boarded in non-psychiatric beds.

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