Minimum Wage Increase Update
Effective January 1, 2017, Washington state’s minimum wage will increase to $11.00 per hour due to the successful passage of Initiative 1433. Under Initiative 1433, our state’s minimum wage will gradually increase to $13.50 per hour and employers will be required to provide employees with paid sick time.
January 1, 2017: $11.00/hr.
January 1, 2018: $11.50/hr.
January 1, 2019: $12.00/hr.
January 1, 2020: $13.50/hr.
The $11.00/hr. minimum wage supersedes the $9.53/hr. wage that was announced earlier this year. The local minimum wage rates in jurisdictions (Seattle, Tacoma, & the City of SeaTac) that currently have a higher minimum wage rate will still apply provided they meet or surpass the state’s new minimum wage.
Starting January 1, 2018, Washington’s employers will be required to provide their employees with paid sick time. At a minimum, employees will be able to accrue one hour of paid sick time for every forty hours worked and can utilize their sick time beginning on the ninetieth calendar day after the commencement of their employment. The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries will undertake the rulemaking process within the near future to address the new requirements of Initiative 1433.
For more information regarding Initiative 1433, click here.