New “paid sick leave” law effective January 1, 2018. Employees (including part-time, seasonal and temporary staff) will accrue paid sick leave for ALL hours worked (including overtime). For each hour of paid sick leave used, an employee shall be paid their normal hourly compensation. Employees are eligible to use their accrued paid sick leave beginning on the 90th calendar day after the start of their employment.
An employee shall accrue at least one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked. Accrued, unused paid sick leave balances of 40 hours or less must be carried over to the following year. The default accrual year is January 1 – December 31, but an employer may adopt a different fixed consecutive twelve-month period by an employer policy or collective bargaining agreement. An employer may elect to provide employees with a more generous carry over at their discretion.
Also, please note that the State of Washington’s minimum wage will increase to $11.50 per hour, effective January 1, 2018. For planning purposes, the minimum wage will increase to $12.00 in 2019 and $13.50 in 2020. After that all future minimum wage rate increases will be tied to inflation.
Happy Holidays! Mike and staff