Minimum Wage Increase Effective Jan. 1
Effective January 1, 2017, Washington state’s minimum wage will increase 6 cents, raising our state’s minimum wage to $9.53/hr. Employees under the age of 16 may be paid 85 percent of the adult minimum wage ($8.10/hr in 2017). Currently, the federal Department of Labor minimum wage is $7.25/hr.
As directed by Initiative 688, each year, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) makes a cost-of-living adjustment to our state’s minimum wage based on the federal Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers. According to the Washington State Employment Security Department, this increase to the minimum wage is expected to impact close to 51,000 workers in our state.
If you are an employer, make sure you are informing your workers about this minimum wage increase and their rights as workers. As a reminder, all employers are required to post a “Your Rights as a Worker” poster in the workplace. Download this poster for your office today! For a complete list of required and recommended workplace posters, click here.