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Coming Attractions in Washington: Changes in 2025 to Paid Sick Leave and the Equal Pay and Opportunities Act
Paid Sick Leave (PSL) Since 2017, Washington has required employers to provide paid sick leave to non-exempt employees to be used for any of several purposes: (a) the employee’s personal medical care, (b) to care for a family member with medical need...
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Effective June 6, 2024, Washington Employers Face Restrictions on Communicating to Employees on “Political” or “Religious” Matters
Beginning June 6, 2024, a new Washington law prohibits employers from requiring employees to attend meetings which have the primary purpose of communicating the employer’s opinion on “religious” or “political” matters.
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Washington Paid Sick Leave Alert: Construction Worker Definition Clarified by Washington Legislature
You may recall our alert just this January regarding a change to the sick leave rules that was uniquely applicable to Washington construction employers. See, Employment Law in Motion | The New Year Brings New Sick Leave Rules to Washington | Miller Nash LLP.
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Washington Expands Coverage of Its Noncompetition Statute to More Agreements
In 2019, Washington enacted a new statute limiting which employees can be covered by a post-employment noncompetition covenant, placing specific restrictions on such covenants. That statute explicitly excluded nonsolicitation covenants from coverage under the statute but defined nonsolicitation covenants ambiguously.
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Bellingham Joins Other Washington Cities in Setting Its Own Higher Minimum Wage
Effective May 1, 2024, nonexempt employees working within the city limits of Bellingham must be paid at least $17.28 per hour—a dollar more than the state minimum wage requirement. In the November 2023 election, Bellingham voters approved a city ordi...
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Washington’s City of Renton Adopts Tukwila Minimum Wage Ordinance, Effective July 1, 2024
During the February 2024 special election, voters in the City of Renton, near Seattle, adopted a new minimum wage for anyone performing work inside the city limits of Renton, effective July 1, 2024. Renton essentially adopted the Tukwila Minimum Wage...
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