Thursday, January 12, 2017

Important updates: 2017 Minimum wage, Safe & Sick Leave, Overtime Exemption Rule

We were keeping an eye on these initiatives last fall. Here are the latest updates:

Washington State 2017 Minimum wage

If you have not heard, voters approved Initiative 1433 last fall raising the Washington State minimum wage.


Here is a breakdown of the wage increases from 2016-2020.





Washington State and Spokane Safe and Sick Leave changes

City of Spokane:
  • Starting January 1, 2017, employers in the City of Spokane will be required to provide their employees with paid sick leave.
  • Paid sick leave shall accrue at a minimum rate of one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked as an employee.
  • Click for full ordinance and a good list of Frequently Asked Questions...
Washington State:
  • Starting January 1, 2018, employers in Washington will be required to provide their employees with paid sick leave.
  • Paid sick leave shall accrue at a minimum rate of one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked as an employee.
  • See more specifics...

Overtime Exemption Rule

No changes for now. This ruling was challenged and is suspended while under review by a federal judge.

Read the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) post.

If you have questions or need help, please contact your SBDC advisor.