Washington Employment Law Update – August 2016

Washington

Minimum Wage Increase and Paid Sick Leave Ballot Initiative

Washington voters will be asked to decide on minimum wage increases and paid sick leave in the November 8, 2016 General Election. If approved, Initiative 1433 would:

  • Increase the state minimum wage to $13.50 per hour by 2021.
  • Require employers to provide employees with paid sick leave beginning in 2018.

Scheduled increases to the minimum wage would be as follows:

  • Effective January 1, 2017, $11 per hour.
  • Effective January 1, 2018, $11.50 per hour.
  • Effective January 1, 2019, $12 per hour.
  • Effective January 1, 2020, $13.50 per hour.
  • Effective January 1, 2021, annual increases will be based on increases in the cost of living.

Effective January 1, 2018, employers would be required to provide employees one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked. Employees would be entitled to use accrued paid sick leave beginning on their 90th calendar day after the start of employment. Unused paid sick leave would carry over to the following year; however, an employer would not be required to allow an employee to carry over paid sick leave in excess of 40 hours.

Read Initiative 1433