2022 ~~~ New Rules


SB 5022Single-use utensils, condiments and beverage cup lids

Food service businesses may only provide single-use utensils, straws, condiment packaging, and beverage cup lids after customers ask for them in order to reduce single-use product use and waste.

SB 5096Capital Gains Tax

A 7% tax on the sale of stocks, bonds and other high-end assets in excess of $250,000 went into effect on Jan. 1. The tax is expected to bring in $415 million in 2023, which is the first year the state would see money from the tax.

HB 1323: Washington’s long-term care tax

Although the Employment Security Department won’t collect long-term care premiums from employers until April, some employees will still see 0.58% of every $100 they earn go the Washington Cares Fund beginning in January.

Minimum wage increase

On Jan. 1, 2022, Washington state’s minimum wage increased to $14.49 an hour, up 80 cents from the previous minimum wage of $13.69. 

Each year, Washington state’s Department of Labor and Industries is required to make a cost-of-living adjustment to the minimum wage based on the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, compiled by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

HB 1356Native American Mascots in Schools

Beginning Jan. 1, public schools in Washington cannot use Native American names, symbols or images as school mascots, logos or team names. 

Washington schools with Native American mascots were required to pick a new mascot, logo or team name by Dec. 31. The changes take effect during the 2021-2022 school year. 

HB 1078Restoring voting rights to those with felonies

The right to vote will be automatically restored to those with felonies as soon as they are released from Department of Corrections custody. 

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