Washington State Proposes Changes to Overtime Rules

The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) recently proposed changes to Washington State’s overtime rules. Under the proposed changes, the minimum pay a salaried worker must receive to be considered exempt would increase incrementally to 2.5 times the state minimum wage by 2026. The first increase for most employers would take place July 1, 2020.… Continue reading Washington State Proposes Changes to Overtime Rules

Washington Employers: Prepare for Paid Family Leave Law

Washington State passed legislation to create a paid family and medical leave program last year. Under the law, eligible employees will be entitled to paid leave for up to 12 weeks for their own serious health condition or for family care, up to 16 weeks combined medical and family leave, and up to 2 additional… Continue reading Washington Employers: Prepare for Paid Family Leave Law

Washington’s New Harassment and Discrimination Laws

On June 7, 2018, new employment laws relating to non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), sexual harassment policies, and discrimination of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking victims take effect in Washington State. Here is a summary of the laws, and steps employers should take to ensure compliance with them. 1.  Non-Disclosure Agreements Substitute Senate Bill 5996 prohibits employers… Continue reading Washington’s New Harassment and Discrimination Laws

Washington’s Equal Pay Opportunity Act

Earlier this month the Washington State Legislature passed the Equal Opportunity Pay Act (the “Act”), the first update to Washington’s Equal Pay law since 1943.  The Act, which is expected to be signed into law by Governor Inslee, amends RCW 49.12.175 to provide that any employer in Washington who discriminates in any way in providing… Continue reading Washington’s Equal Pay Opportunity Act