Washington’s new paid sick leave law goes into effect on January 1, 2018. The new law contains many changes to existing law, including paid sick leave at a minimum of one hour per every forty hours worked, required carryover of up to forty hours of sick leave, and paid sick leave for part-time and seasonal workers. Employers should be prepared to implement any required changes to their employment policies to comply with the January 1 deadline.
In addition to the text of the paid sick leave law, the Department of Labor and Industries is currently writing rules and regulations that will be used to enforce the new law. These rules and regulations will not be finalized until November, 2017.
Knowledge of these new rules and regulations will be essential to ensure employers are complying with the paid sick leave law. Please contact any attorney at Davis Grimm Payne & Marra if you have any questions about the new law, and for updates concerning the rules and regulations currently being drafted.