Tag: Washington

Seattle Minimum Wage Increase for 2019 On October 2, 2018, the Seattle Office of Labor Standards (OLS) announced that the city’s minimum wage will increase in 2019 as follows: $16 per hour for all large employers (with more than 500 workers worldwide). $15 per hour for small employers (with 500 or fewer employees). Small employers…

Domestic Workers Ordinance On July 27, 2018, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan signed the Domestic Workers Ordinance covering domestic workers (both employees and independent contractors) who provide paid services to an individual or household in a private home as a nanny, house cleaner, home care worker, gardener, cook, and/or household manager. The ordinance provides domestic workers…

Seattle Domestic Workers Ordinance On July 23, 2018, the Seattle City Council passed a Domestic Workers Ordinance (Ord. 125627) providing protections for domestic workers and establishing a Domestic Workers Standards Board. The ordinance covers domestic workers (both employees and independent contractors) who provide paid services to an individual or household in a private home as a nanny,…

Discrimination and Religious Affiliation On March 28, 2018, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed legislation (H.B. 2097) making it an unlawful practice for an employer to: Require an employee to disclose his or her sincerely held religious affiliation or beliefs, unless the disclosure is to provide a religious accommodation at the employee’s request; or Require or…

Labor Relations On March 23, 2018, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed three bills (H.B. 2751, S.B. 6229, and S.B. 6231) covering the following: The deduction of union dues and fees from employees. The requirement of employers to provide exclusive bargaining representatives reasonable access to new employees to present information about representation. The statute of limitations…

Military Leave Clarifications On March 15, 2018, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed legislation (H.B. 2851) clarifying the calculation of military leave for officers and employees that work shifts spanning more than one calendar day. According to the legislation, if the officer or employee is scheduled to work a shift that begins on one calendar day and…

Question: What are the domestic partner requirements in the state of Washington? Answer: Washington domestic partnerships are in the midst of changing. Effective June 30, 2014, all active same sex domestic partnerships will be automatically converted to marriages unless one of the partners is 62 years or older. After that date, only domestic partnerships where…

Question: An employee in Washington has stated she needs leave because of domestic violence. What are we required to do? Answer: Washington law allows victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking to take reasonable or intermittent leave from work — paid or unpaid — to take care of legal or law enforcement needs or…