Minimum Wage Increases Begin January 1, 2017
Voters in Washington State have approved a ballot initiative that raises the state minimum wage and requires paid sick leave.
Under the initiative, the minimum wage will rise as follows:
- Beginning January 1, 2017: $11.00 per hour.
- Beginning January 1, 2018: $11.50 per hour.
- Beginning January 1, 2019: $12.00 per hour.
- Beginning January 1, 2020: $13.50 per hour.
- Beginning January 1, 2021 (and each following January 1st), the minimum wage will be adjusted for inflation.
Note: An employer must pay to its employees all tips and gratuities and all service charges (except those that are itemized as not being payable to the employee(s) servicing the customer). Tips and service charges paid to an employee are in addition to (and may not count towards) the employee’s hourly minimum wage.
Paid Sick Leave
Beginning January 1, 2018, every employer must provide each of its employees paid sick leave (at the greater of the newly increased minimum wage or the employee’s normal wage). Highlights of the law are presented below:
- An employee will accrue at least one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked.
- An employer may provide paid sick leave in advance of accrual, provided that such front-loading meets or exceeds the requirements of the law for accrual, use, and carryover of paid sick leave.
- An employee is authorized to use paid sick leave for (among other things) an absence resulting from the employee’s mental or physical illness, injury, or health condition, or to allow the employee to provide care for a family member with a mental or physical illness, injury, or health condition.
- Unused paid sick leave carries over to the following year, except that an employer is not required to allow an employee to carry over paid sick leave in excess of 40 hours.
- The initiative generally does not require an employer to provide financial or other reimbursement for accrued and unused paid sick leave to any employee upon his or her termination, resignation, retirement, or other separation from employment.
Click here to read the initiative.
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