Paid Sick Leave& Changes to the state minimum wage …
first posted 12/2017
The initiative I1433 sets future minimum wage rates
- The minimum wage will increase annually over the next three years: $11.50 in 2018,
- $12 in 2019, and
- $13.50 in 2020.
- Starting Jan. 1, 2021, minimum wage increases will be calculated by L&I using a formula tied to the rate of inflation (based on the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers – CPI-W).
The initiative contains important language regarding tips and service charges
The initiative states that an employer must pay to its employees:
- All tips and gratuities; and
- All service charges as defined under RCW 49.46.160 , except those that are itemized as not being payable to the employee or employees servicing the customer.
- Tips and service charges paid to an employee may not offset the state minimum wage requirement.
Paid sick leave requirements
Starting January 1, 2018, employers in Washington will be required to provide their employees with paid sick leave.
- Paid sick leave must accrue at a minimum rate of one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked. This includes part-time and seasonal workers.
- Paid sick leave must be paid to employees at their normal hourly compensation.
- Employees are entitled to use accrued paid sick leave beginning on the 90th calendar day after the start of their employment.
- Unused paid sick leave of 40 hours or less must be carried over to the following year.
- Employers are allowed to provide employees with more generous carry over and accrual policies.
- Employees may use paid sick leave:
- To care for themselves or a family member.
- When the employees’ workplace or their child’s school or place of care has been closed by a public official for any health-related reason.
- For absences that qualify for leave under the state’s Domestic Violence Leave Act.
- Employers may allow employees to use paid sick leave for additional purposes.