New rules for mandatory paid sick leave spell out requirements for employers in 2018
Mandatory paid sick leave in Washington starts in just over two months. As a result of voter-approved Initiative 1433, employers are required to provide paid sick leave starting Jan. 1. The Department of Labor & Industries released new state requirements on how the paid sick leave law will be implemented.
The newly adopted rules provide details on how the law will be carried out, covering topics like how employees accrue paid sick leave, what they can use it for, when they can use it and how to calculate rates of pay for paid sick leave. Review the schedule of online training sessions, being held Nov. 16-29. Register online.
Along with mandatory paid sick leave, Initiative 1433 also increases the state minimum wage annually over the next three years. In 2018, the state minimum wage will climb to $11.50 an hour. The initiative also ensures that employers pay tips and service charges to their employees.
A second phase of rulemaking on mandatory paid sick leave is just getting underway, which will detail how the new law will be enforced. Additional background is posted on L&I’s website.