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By Max Erikson
Reporter 

Rising pay scale causes ripples

 

April 18, 2018



The start of 2018 brought big changes to worker laws in Washington State with the passage of the voter-approved Initiative 1433. Initiative 1433—passed in 2016—will steadily increase the minimum wage over the next two years and requires all businesses to provide paid sick leave to employees. The new law also addresses standards for the fair distribution of tips and service charges in the hospitality industries and gives protection to employees from retaliation by employers under the Labor Standards Act.

In January 2018, the minimum wage increased to $11.50 per hour and will increase again next year to $12 for 2019. In 2020, the minimum wage will jump up to $13.50. By 2021, the State w...



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