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Washington State Raises Its Minimum Wage to $15.74 per Hour in 2023
Per state statute, Washington’s minimum wage increases each year as a function of increases in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). Effective January 1, 2023, Washington’s Minimum Wage will increase to $15.74 per hour—up from 2022’s rate of $14.49. Like...
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Washington Court of Appeals Voids Class Action Waivers in Some Wage and Hour Claims
In a recently published decision, the Washington Court of Appeals declared class action waivers in certain employment agreements unenforceable. In Oakley v. Domino’s Pizza, LLC, plaintiff Oakley brought claims under the Washington Minimum Wage Act (...
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Seattle Alert: New Independent Contractor Protections Go Into Effect September 1, 2022
There are new regulations for businesses/hiring entities who engage with independent contractors (ICs) working in Seattle which go into effect September 1, 2022. The regulations require businesses to provide certain pre-engagement disclosures to ICs...
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Comp & Benefits Info Must Be Included In Washington State Job Postings Starting January 2023
Beginning January 1, 2023, covered employers who post job openings in Washington will be required to include compensation and benefit information with the postings, pursuant to a new statutory provision added to Washington’s Equal Pay and Opportuniti...
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Washington Employers Should Prepare for Historically High Increases in the Minimum Wage and Exempt Salary Requirements
As all Washington employers know, Washington employees who are nonexempt (e.g., not salaried) must be paid an hourly minimum wage. Additionally, Washington establishes minimum salaries for exempt (i.e., salaried) employees, which tracks the minimum w...
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Preparing for Summer: Oregon OSHA and Washington L&I Adopt New Excessive Heat and Wildfire Smoke Rules
The Pacific Northwest experienced record high heat temperatures and poor air quality due to wildfires the past few summers. Last year, Oregon OSHA adopted temporary emergency rules following a historic heat wave to protect workers from high heat and...
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