Washington’s New Minimum Wage and Sick Leave Law: Initiative 1433

Blog post written by Sara Campbell and Jay Corker Free. Initiative 1433 was approved by Washington voters on November 8, 2016.  The measure gradually increases the statewide minimum wage to $13.50 per hour by 2020, and requires employers to provide paid sick leave for workers beginning in 2018. Minimum Wage Increases Imposed by I-1433 Beginning on January 1, 2017, the … Continue reading »

New Seattle City Ordinance Restricts Criminal Background Checks

If you have a business in Seattle, you might have to change how you do background checks. The Seattle City Council passed a new ordinance restricting criminal background checks on applicants for employment. Employers will no longer be able to inquire about a job applicant’s criminal history at the initial application stage – they must first screen all applications to … Continue reading »

Is Your Social Media Policy Legal?

A recent report summarizing rulings by the National Labor Relations Board should cause all employers to reexamine their social media policy. Employers should remember that union and non-union employees alike are covered by the National Labor Relations Act, and therefore the Board’s recent rulings on social media policies are applicable to virtually all employers. Section 8(a)(1) of the NLRA prohibits … Continue reading »

2012 Employment Law Update

The Seattle City Council has voted to approve mandatory paid sick and safe time for most employees that work in Seattle. All employers with employees that work within the city limits of Seattle need to closely review their personnel policies to ensure compliance. The ordinance, which becomes effective September 1, 2012, applies to any employer that employs more than four … Continue reading »

City of Seattle Approves Mandatory Paid Sick Leave

The Seattle City Council has voted to approve mandatory paid sick and safe time for most employees that work in Seattle. All employers with employees that work within the city limits of Seattle need to closely review their personnel policies to ensure compliance. The ordinance, which becomes effective September 1, 2012, applies to any employer that employs more than four … Continue reading »