2019 Minimum Wage Increases
All large employers in the city of Seattle must pay a $16-an-hour minimum wage starting Jan. 1, 2019. The Seattle Office of Labor Standards announced the change at the beginning of October 2018.
Large employers are those that employ more than 500 people worldwide. This rule affects all large employers starting in 2019, even those that contribute toward individual medical benefits.
Small employers, those who employ 500 or fewer people, must pay at least $15 an hour. If the small employer contributes at least $3 per hour toward an employee’s medical benefits and/or tips, that employer can pay a $12 minimum wage.
Seattle’s Minimum Wage Ordinance determines that the wage paid by large employers increases annually to reflect the rate of inflation measured by the Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton Area Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) for the 12-month period ending August 2018. By law, small employers must also pay workers a higher minimum wage.
Phone2Action Alert: Labor & Industries Proposes Salary Threshold of up to $75,000!
ClOver the last six months, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has worked with stakeholders to update the “white collar” exemptions under the Minimum Wage Act for Executive, Administrative and Professional staff, including updating the salary threshold. These updates are long overdue; however, now we need you to comment on the proposed rules.ick here to change this text
Win: New Flyer Available About Service Animals
Last session, Washington Hospitality worked with stakeholders and legislators to update the state’s service animal law. Today, a new informational flyer was released to offer businesses and service animal handlers more information about their rights and responsibilities.