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WELA Brown Bag CLE: Wage Liens

February 10, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join Us for a Brown Bag WELA Event!
Thursday, February 10, 2022 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM | Via Zoom

Lien in, because this is big news. On April 16th, 2021, Washington State signed into law the Washington Wage Recovery Act, effective January 1st, 2022. This bill greatly improves the position of employees in securing their rightfully earned wages from employers. Washington state employees can now place a lien on their employer’s property as security while pursuing unpaid wages.

Beau Haynes has been an attorney with the Washington Wage Claim Project since 2015.  He has litigated wage and hour cases primarily involving immigrant workers since graduating from law school at the University of Washington in 2011, where he was a Laurel Rubin intern with Columbia Legal Services, as well as a Peggy Browning fellow with the National Employment Law Project in Seattle.  A significant portion of his current practice includes bringing laborer lien claims against property owners for unpaid wages for work on construction projects.

Andrea Schmitt has been a Staff Attorney at Columbia Legal Services for 13 years. She has spent most of her legal career litigating and pursuing legislative and administrative change for farmworkers and other immigrant workers. Her advocacy has included supporting Familias Unidas por la Justicia, an independent farmworker union founded by indigenous families in the Skagit Valley, since its inception in 2013. She is an alum of the University of Washington Law School, and after law school, she clerked for the Hon. Susan Owens of the Washington State Supreme Court. Andrea and her colleagues at CLS, including attorney Sarah Leyrer, who was killed in a tragic accident in 2020, were the original authors of and principal advocates for the bill that established the new wage lien law.

There is no cost to attend this CLE.

1 CLE Credit


February 10, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm