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Published on Monday, December 12, 2016

New minimum wage takes effect on January 1

Voters approved an increase to the state’s minimum wage with Initiative 1433, and beginning January 1, 2017, the minimum wage will increase to $11. The initiative then requires annual increases until minimum wage reaches $13.50 in 2020. After that, it will again be indexed to inflation.

This increase should not affect the vast majority of city employees, but cities should check their pay scales and any policies that might be linked to the state’s minimum wage.

The initiative’s minimum sick leave requirements won’t take effect until January 1, 2018. After that date, employees must earn at least one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked.

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