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Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Dec 20 2018
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that, in order to avoid a lawsuit, seven additional chains committed to eliminate no-poach practices nationwide, removing them from franchise contracts. The seven chains have more than 500 locations in Washington and more than 15,000 locations nationwide.
Dec 5 2018
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that, in order to avoid a lawsuit, five additional chains committed to eliminate no-poach practices nationwide, removing them from franchise contracts. The five chains have nearly 75 locations in Washington and more than 4,400 locations nationwide.
Nov 21 2018
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that, in order to avoid a lawsuit, four additional chains committed to eliminate no-poach practices nationwide, removing them from franchise contracts. The four chains have more than 100 locations in Washington and almost 4,000 locations nationwide.
Oct 15 2018
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today filed a lawsuit against national restaurant chain Jersey Mike’s after it refused to remove no-poach clauses from its franchise contracts.
Sep 19 2018
OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy will conduct testing and, if successful, begin implementing a new system to treat or capture hazardous tank vapors at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation within the next three years, under the terms of an agreement submitted to a federal court today.
Sep 13 2018
Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that eight additional corporate, fast-food chains will end no-poach practices nationwide, joining 15 others. The 23 account for more than 67,000 locations nationwide and employ millions of workers. The companies will remove all no-poach clauses, which put downward pressure on wages and restrict worker mobility, from all current and future franchise contracts.
Aug 20 2018
SEATTLE — In a second major announcement as part of an initiative to eliminate no-poach clauses nationwide, Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that eight more corporate fast-food chains will remove “no-poach” provisions from their franchise contracts nationwide. No-poach clauses put downward pressure on wages and restrict worker mobility.
Aug 17 2018
Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued the following statement after a federal appeals court agreed today with Ferguson and 10 other attorneys general that the Trump Administration’s delay of the Chemical Disaster Rule violated the Clean Air Act. The Chemical Disaster Rule updates important safety requirements for large industrial facilities that handle hazardous chemicals.
Jul 12 2018
Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that in order to avoid a lawsuit from his office, seven large, corporate fast-food chains will immediately end a nationwide practice that restricts worker mobility and decreases competition for labor by preventing workers from moving among the chains’ franchise locations. The companies will no longer enforce provisions included in franchise agreements that stop workers from moving to potentially better positions and wages, and will remove the language from current and future contracts.

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