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 »

Updated Fair Labor Standards Act Overtime Regulations

The new regulations, which go into effect on December 1, 2016, are expected to significantly increase the number of employees eligible for overtime compensation. Continue reading »

Seattle Minimum Wage and Employers Outside Seattle

The phase in of the city of Seattle’s minimum wage ordinance began on April 1, 2015. Be aware that the ordinance states that it applies both to employers who are located in Seattle and to employers who have employees who work inside the city. For example, if you have a business that is based in Kent but you send a … Continue reading »

Washington’s Supreme Court Makes It More Difficult to Dismiss Employee Discrimination Claims

Washington’s Supreme Court recently ruled that even if an employer had a legitimate reason for terminating an employee, the employee can still prevail in a discrimination lawsuit if discrimination played a substantial factor in motivating the employer.  The court also ruled that a decision maker’s general comments in a public speech about a need to attract younger workers could be … Continue reading »

Seattle Minimum Wage Ordinance

The Seattle City Council unanimously voted to adopt a minimum wage for the City of Seattle, which will gradually increase to $15/hour and then automatically increase with inflation.  All employers that have employees working within the city limits of Seattle must comply with the ordinance by April 1, 2015. All large employers (i.e., 500 employees or more and certain franchisees) … Continue reading »

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