Washington Employment Law Update — March 2019


Tips and Service Charges — Final Policy Released

On March 6, 2019, the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries released the final version of its tips, gratuities, and service charges policy (No. ES.A.12). This final policy was created due to Initiative 1433 (I-1433), approved by voters in 2016, and enacts new requirements in the Washington Minimum Wage Act (Wash. Rev. Code §  49.46.020(3)) for employers to pay tips, gratuities, and service charges to their employees. The policy helps employers understand how to interpret and apply the law.

This final policy became effective March 9, 2019.

Read the policy