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Category Archives: Wage & Hour

Washington Supreme Court Determines Call Center Employees Were Not Piece Rate Workers

During the past few years, the Washington Supreme Court has been presented with several wage and hour issues regarding what is considered compensable time and how such time should be calculated. In one recent decision, the Court reviewed whether a compensation plan, that paid employees per minute they were on a call from a customer,… Read More »

Requirements of Seattle’s Secure Scheduling Ordinance

In 2017, Seattle’s Secure Scheduling ordinance took effect, requiring certain retail and restaurant employers to provide employees with more information and advance notice regarding their work schedules.  The ordinance applies only to employers with at least 500 employees (whether in Seattle or not) and, for restaurants, at least 40 locations (anywhere as long as one… Read More »

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 »



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