Eye on Hospitality: Big Changes Coming in 2018 – Paid Leave and Minimum Wage

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By Paul Schlienz

Washington’s employers are facing some big changes in 2018. Get ready for a new state paid sick leave program and new minimum wage regulations.

Now is the time to get ready.

Paid Sick Leave

In November 2016, Washington voters passed Initiative 1433, which increases the minimum wage over time and mandates paid sick and safe leave for employees in Washington state, effective Jan. 1, 2018. It is essential that all employers get prepared.

All non-exempt employees, as defined under the Washington Minimum Wage Act, are entitled to accrue paid sick leave starting Jan. 1. These employees include all full-time, part-time, seasonal, temporary, on call/substitute workers and minors. There is no minimum number of required employees or an exception for small-businesses.

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