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Bob Ferguson

Oct 29 2019
Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that King County coffee chain Mercurys Coffee will void all of its existing non-compete agreements. Today’s announcement is the result of its investigation into Mercurys Coffee’s unfair use of non-compete agreements – the first of its kind for the Washington Attorney General’s Office.
Oct 28 2019
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that an Attorney General’s Office attorney will testify tomorrow before Congress about his office’s initiative to end no-poach clauses nationwide.
Oct 7 2019
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced his initiative to end the use of no-poach clauses nationwide has reached 100 corporate chains.
Oct 1 2019
The Attorney General’s Office has filed felony criminal charges against two former Auburn residents, alleging they failed to pay more than $33,000 in wages to 24 employees of their house cleaning businesses in 2017 and 2018. Several employees are owed thousands of dollars in unpaid wages.
Sep 30 2019
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced the latest progress in his initiative to end the use of no-poach clauses nationwide. In order to avoid a lawsuit, eight additional corporate chains eliminated their no-poach practices nationwide by entering into legally enforceable agreements to remove the clauses from franchise contracts. The eight chains have 45 locations in Washington and more than 1,400 locations nationwide. This brings the total number of corporate chains that have signed legally binding agreements with Ferguson to eliminate no-poach clauses from all their franchise agreements nationwide to 93, representing more than 140,000 locations.
Sep 20 2019
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced the latest progress in his initiative to end the use of no-poach clauses nationwide. In order to avoid a lawsuit, 10 additional corporate chains eliminated their no-poach practices nationwide by entering into legally enforceable agreements to remove the clauses from franchise contracts. The 10 chains have 80 locations in Washington and nearly 2,500 locations nationwide. This brings the total number of corporate chains that have signed legally binding agreements with Ferguson to eliminate no-poach clauses from all their franchise agreements nationwide to 85, representing more than 140,000 locations.
Sep 9 2019
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced the latest progress in his initiative to end the use of no-poach clauses nationwide. In order to avoid a lawsuit, eight additional corporate chains eliminated their no-poach practices nationwide by entering into legally enforceable agreements to remove the clauses from franchise contracts. The eight chains have 62 locations in Washington and more than 2,300 locations nationwide. This brings the total number of corporate chains that have signed legally binding agreements with Ferguson to eliminate no-poach clauses from all their franchise agreements nationwide to 75, representing nearly 140,000 locations.
Aug 30 2019
OLYMPIA — Today, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson released his inaugural Labor Day Worker Protection Report. The report details work as part of the Attorney General’s Office Worker Protection Initiative over the past year to protect workers’ rights in the state of Washington and beyond. The office will release the report annually.
Aug 27 2019
OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that Washington is leading a coalition of thirteen attorneys general in a letter to the U.S. Department of Labor concerning a proposed rule that fails to protect individuals entering apprenticeship programs. The attorneys general assert that the proposed rule would weaken the certification process for these programs and incentivize groups to approve the largest number of programs possible, regardless of their quality.
Aug 23 2019
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that restaurant chain Jersey Mike’s will pay $150,000 to resolve a lawsuit over its use of no-poach provisions. The company will not add provisions to new contracts and will remove provisions from all of its franchise contracts nationwide, benefiting thousands of workers across the country.

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