On November 8, 2016, Washington voters passed Initiative 1433. The initiative raised the minimum wage beginning January 1, 2017. It also requires all employers to provide paid sick leave to their employees starting January 1, 2018.
As a result of voter-approved Initiative 1433, employers are required to provide paid sick leave starting Jan. 1, 2018.
"This is a big change, so we made sure people had every chance to weigh in on the rules and let us know the potential impacts," said L&I Assistant Director of Fraud Prevention & Labor Standards Elizabeth Smith. "Now that they're final, the next step is to make sure that employers know what's required so they can be ready when the new law takes effect on January 1."
Below is a breakdown the new wage and sick leave law and how you will be affected:
As with the minimum wage, some cities in Washington have their own paid sick leave laws with requirements that differ from the statewide law.
Minimum Wage Increase
The new rate doesn’t mean the same minimum wage will apply to all employees in the state for three reasons:
For more on the changes, head to the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries website.
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