Due to the approval of Initiative 1433 in the November 2016 election, there are changes coming for employees in the State of Washington. The minimum wage rate will increase as of January 1, 2017, and rates have been determined through January 1, 2020. In addition, new paid sick leave provisions will take effect on January 1, 2018.

New Minimum Wage Rate for 2017

Effective January 1, 2017, Washington’s minimum wage will increase to $11.00 an hour.

Future Minimum Wage Changes

On January 1, 2018, the minimum wage will increase to $11.50 per hour, on January 1, 2019, it will increase to $12.00 per hour, and on January 1, 2020, it will jump to $13.50 per hour, with annual adjustments thereafter for inflation.

New Paid Sick Leave Provisions

Beginning January 1, 2018, employees will be able to accrue 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked.

Staying on Top of All the Changes

Labor law changes can take you by surprise, but have no fear, our Research Team is on the case! If you sign up for our OneSystem 1-Year Compliance Plan, you will automatically receive the updated Washington poster, with any other required updates, once it becomes available. Plus, we offer free automatic updates, no matter how many changes occur during the year, so that you never have to worry about being in compliance.