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Published on Tuesday, May 16, 2017

State agency asking for input on paid sick leave rules

Voters passed Initiative 1433 in 2016 which raised the state’s minimum wage and required employers to provide paid sick leave to employees. The initiative provided that an employee shall accrue at least one hour of paid sick leave for every forty hours worked as an employee. The minimum wage portion of the initiative was effective Jan. 1, 2017 and the paid sick leave portion will become effective on Jan. 1, 2018.

To meet the 2018 effective date, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) drafted proposed rules governing paid sick leave and is actively soliciting feedback. The proposal can be found by clicking here. The agency is accepting stakeholder feedback on this draft until May 31 and will develop the final rules through the end of the calendar year.

L&I created a comprehensive webpage about Initiative 1433 here which includes proposed rules, stakeholder responses, and other ways to stay involved with the law’s implementation.

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