October 2017 Bar Bulletin
By Medora Marisseau and Gene Barton
Two new Washington laws provide employees with some very important benefits. Under the “Paid Sick Leave” act, which was part of Initiative 1433 passed by the voters in November 2016 and which also increases the minimum wage over the next several years, employers will be required to provide most of their workers with paid sick leave beginning January 1.
Employers have more time to prepare for implementation of the “Family and Medical Leave” act, which does not go into effect until January 2020.
Paid Sick Leave
The act applies to all employers, regardless of size, but applies only to non-exempt employees....