Dec 26, 201704:26 PMBlog

Min. wages going up next week

Dec 26, 2017 - 04:26 PM

Thanks to generous Washington voters two years ago, the statewide minimum wage rises to $11.50 next Monday, with even higher basic wages set in Tacoma, Seattle and a few other cities.

Through the remainder of 2017, workers must be paid at least $11 an hour, but that minimum is scaling up in stages through 2020 under terms of Initiative 1433, which was approved in the election of November 2016.

The other boost coming to all workers — private, public or non-profit employees — is the mandatory inclusion of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked.

If you are still trying to calculate the impact of these raises on your employee costs, check out the schedule for webinars hosted by Department of Labor & Industries or look to the state agency’s website resources.


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