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Seattle’s Revised Paid Sick and Safe Time Rules

In January 2018, Seattle’s amended Paid Sick and Safe Time (PSST) ordinance took effect, and in June 2018, the Seattle Office of Labor Standards (OLS) announced its final revised administrative rules interpreting the amended ordinance. Both the ordinance and the administrative rules were amended to comply with Initiative 1433, which provides paid sick leave on a… Read More »

Seattle Domestic Worker’s Bill of Rights Becomes Law

On July 27, 2018, Mayor Durkin signed into law the Seattle Domestic Worker’s Bill of Rights ordinance. The ordinance goes into effect on July 1, 2019. While eight states already have a similar law, Seattle is the first city to pass such legislation. Seattle’s Office of Labor Standards will provide guidance regarding the ordinance and… Read More »

The Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave Act Takes Effect in 2019

In July 2017, Governor Inslee signed into law the Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave Act. The law creates a state-run insurance program that will be administered and enforced by the Employment Security Department. On January 1, 2019, premium collection will begin. On January 1, 2020, eligible employees will begin receiving benefits. At that point,… Read More »

New Washington Law Restricts Employer Access to Health Care Information in Litigation

One sometimes contentious issue that can arise in employment discrimination cases is the extent to which the employer can have access to a plaintiff’s health care information. From the employer’s point of view such evidence can be directly relevant to a plaintiff’s effort to obtain noneconomic damages for alleged emotional distress and could reveal information… Read More »

June 7 Marks Significant Changes For Washington Employers

On June 7, 2018, six new Washington employment laws took effect.  They are summarized below. Washington Fair Chance Act Washington has joined Seattle as well as other cities and states in enacting a “Ban the Box” law restricting when and how employers may ask about an applicant’s criminal background.  Like the Seattle ordinance, per the… Read More »

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