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January 2017

Washington: Spokane sick leave ordinance goes into effect

January 1, 2017

On January 26, 2016, the Spokane City Council approved an ordinance requiring employers to provide employees with sick leave. The City Council overrode a veto by the mayor to pass the new ordinance. The ordinance will apply to physically perform 240 hours of work within the city, although it is unclear if that will be a yearly or one-time requirement. Under the new ordinance, eligible employees will earn at least 1 hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked…

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Washington: Minimum wage increases to $9.53

January 1, 2017

On September 28, 2016, Washington's Department of Labor and Industries announced that the state's minimum wage will increase to $9.53 beginning January 1, 2017. The sub-minimum wage for employees under 16 years old will increase to $8.10. Washington's minimum wage law requires that the Department of Labor and Industries adjust the minimum wage each year equivalent to the percentage increase in the consumer price index for the prior year. The change must be announced by September 30 of each year.…

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July 2017

Washington: Scheduling regulations for certain retail and food service employers in Seattle go into effect

July 1, 2017

On September 19, 2016, the Seattle City Council passed the Secure Scheduling ordinance that regulates the scheduling practices of certain retail and food service employers. Employers subject to the new ordinance include retail and food service establishments with more the 500 employees worldwide and full-service restaurants with more the 500 employees and 40 full-service restaurant locations worldwide. The new regulations include: Covered employers must give employees their schedules at least 14 days in advance Employees who are sent home from…

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November 2017

Washington: Change in the definition of employee for minimum wage and overtime purposes

November 10, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Beginning on December 31, 2019, the definition of employee for purposes of minimum wage and overtime as contained in Washington Statute 49.46.010(3) will change to include "Any farm intern providing his or her services to a small farm which has a special certificate issued under RCW 49.12.470." Previously, these individuals were specifically excluded from the definition of employee.

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June 2018

Washington: New employment protections for employees who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking go into effect

June 6, 2018

On March 13, 2018, Governor Inslee signed House Bill 2661. This law prohibits employers from discriminating against employees or refusing to hire individuals who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. It also requires employers from refusing to provide victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking reasonable safety accommodation. Other requirements and limitation apply. The new law becomes effective on June 6, 2018.

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Washington: Discrimination protections for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking

June 7, 2018

On March 13, 2018, the Governor signed a law amending Washington Code section 49.76.010 to 900 to make it unlawful for employers to discriminate against victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Sections 49.76.010 to 900 already provide unpaid leave rights to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The new protections go into effect on June 7, 2018.

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Washington: Changes regarding union dues deductions go into effect

June 7, 2018

March 23 - Gov. Inslee signed a law relating to the deduction of union dues and fees from employees On March 23, 2018, Governor Inslee signed House Bill 2751. This law addresses issues related to employers' obligations regarding deducting union dues and fees from employees. The new law becomes effective on June 7, 2018.

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Washington: New right of access rules for exclusive bargaining representatives and new employees go into effect

June 7, 2018

On March 23, 2018, Governor Inslee signed Senate Bill 6229. This law grants exclusive bargaining representatives the right to meet with new employees to present information about their employment rights. New employees are not required to meet with their exclusive bargaining representatives. The new law becomes effective on June 7, 2018.

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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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