Eye on Hospitality: Get Ready for Paid Sick Leave

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By Paul Schlienz

Paid sick leave is coming to Washington state, effective Jan. 1, 2018, and it is essential that all employers get prepared. While the state Department of Labor and Industries will issue the rules on paid sick leave in late 2017, here a few of the highlights of the new law.

  • 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.
  • All eligible employees must accrue, at minimum, one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked. Also, this is not 40 hours in a week or pay period, it is every 40 hours worked. There is no cap on accrual, however, an employee may only carry over 40 hours of sick leave per year. Unlike various local laws, there is no cap on usage.
  • Employees may use their accrued sick leave for absences related to: An employee’s or a family member’s mental or physical illness, injury or health condition; need for medical diagnosis, care or treatment or preventative medical care; when a workplace or an employee’s child’s school or daycare has been closed by order of a public official for any health-related reason; or when leave is needed as defined under the state’s domestic violence leave laws.
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