New Law Requires Washington Employers to Provide Additional Accommodations to Pregnant Employees

Washington recently enacted the Healthy Starts Act, a law that provides additional workplace rights and protections for pregnant employees.  The law requires any employer with 15 or more employees to provide certain accommodations to its pregnant employees, regardless of whether the employee has a disability as a result of her pregnancy. Under the law, there are four types of workplace … Continue reading »

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Washington State Passes Generous Paid Family and Medical Leave Law

On Wednesday July 5, 2017, Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill into law that will make Washington the fifth state in the nation to require paid family and medical leave for employees.  The bill is set to take effect on January 1, 2020, and provides among the most generous benefits of its kind in the country. The Basic Legal Framework … Continue reading »

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Can a Private Employer in Washington Test Its Employees for Marijuana?

Yes, even though Washington law permits individuals to engage in the recreational and medical uses of marijuana, a private employer can still test for and prohibit employees from using marijuana as part of its employment drug testing program. Unlike alcohol and other controlled substances, marijuana can be detected by a drug test for weeks after it has been used by … Continue reading »

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As of April 1, 2017, All Employees Have a Private Cause of Action for Violations of Seattle’s Safe and Sick Leave Ordinance

As of April 1, 2017, failure to update employee handbooks and sick leave policies will carry drastic consequences for all Seattle employers with more than four full-time equivalent employees. Continue reading »

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 »

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