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June 2018

Washington: The statute of limitations for filing unfair labor practices in superior court is set at 6 months

June 7, 2018

On March 23, 2018, Governor Inslee signed Senate Bill 6231. This law sets the statute of limitations for unfair labor practices filed in superior court at six (6) months. The new law becomes effective on June 7, 2018.

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Washington: Changes to the state’s gender equity pay law go into effect

June 7, 2018

On March 23, 2018, Governor Inslee signed House Bill 1506. This law makes changes to the state's gender equity pay law including better defining what it means to be similarly employed. The new law becomes effective on June 7, 2018.

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Washington: Prohibitions on nondisclosure agreements covering sexual harassment or assault go into effect

June 7, 2018

On March 21, 2018, Governor Inslee signed House Bill 5996. This law prohibits employers from requiring employees to sign nondisclosure agreements that include discussions of sexual harassment or assault occurring at the workplace, at work events or in any other way between the employer and employee. Additionally, the new law prohibits employees from discussing sexual harassment or assault that occurred at the workplace, at work events or in any other way between the employer and employee. The new law does…

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Washington: The state’s new Fair Chance Act (ban the box) goes into effect

June 7, 2018

On March 13, 2018, Governor Inslee signed House Bill 1298. This law prohibits employers from asking applicants about arrests or convictions before the applicant is determined to be otherwise qualified for a position. Other requirements and limitations apply. The new law becomes effective on June 7, 2018.

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January 2019

Washington: Rules regarding maximum penalties under the state’s industrial safety and health law go into effect

January 1, 2019

On March 23, 2018, Governor Inslee signed House Bill 1953. This law adds language to the state's industrial safety and health law allowing for higher penalty amounts than those prescribed in the law when required by the federal occupational safety and health administration. The new law becomes effective on January 1, 2019.

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December 2019

Washington: Changes to domestic violence leave law go into effect

December 31, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

On December 31, 2019, changes to Washington's domestic violence leave law go into effect. See Washington Statutes 49.76.010 to 900.

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Washington: Changes to military family leave law go into effect.

December 31, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

On December 31, 2019, changes to Washington's military family leave law go into effect. See Washington Statutes 49.77.010 to 49.77.900.

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Washington: Changes to the family leave law go into effect

December 31, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

On December 31, 2019, changes to Washington's family leave law go into effect. See Washington Statutes 49.78.010 to 904.

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January 2020

Washington: The annual minimum wage increase goes into effect.

January 1, 2020

Washington's minimum wage will increase on January 1, 2020, to $13.50. Beginning January 1, 2021, Washington minimum wage laws require an annual review of its minimum wage. The review must be completed by September 30 of each year. The minimum wage must be increased by the percentage the cost of living has changed from the prior September 1 to the September 1 in the year the review is conducted. The cost of living change is based on the consumer price…

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January 2021

Washington: The annual minimum wage increase goes into effect.

January 1

Beginning January 1, 2021, Washington minimum wage laws require an annual review of its minimum wage. The review must be completed by September 30 of each year. The minimum wage must be increased by the percentage the cost of living has changed from the prior September 1 to the September 1 in the year the review is conducted. The cost of living change is based on the consumer price index for urban wage earners and clerical workers, CPI-W, or a…

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