Paid Sick Leave Rule Comments Needed
The Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) is seeking comment on rulemaking to implement Washington's paid sick leave initiative. In 2016, Washington voters passed Initiative 1433, which raised the minimum wage beginning January 1, 2017 and requires all employers to provide paid sick leave to their employees starting January 1, 2018. L&I must adopt and implement rules to carry out and enforce the initiative, including “…procedures for providing notification to employees and reporting regarding sick leave, and protecting employees from retaliation….”
As part of the rulemaking process, L&I has already solicited and reviewed one round of stakeholder comments submitted in response to the Initiative 1433 (I-1433) draft proposed rule language.
View the second version of the I-1433 Draft Proposed Rule Language here.
L&I is asking stakeholders to submit their comments on the “Second Version I-1433 Draft Proposed Rule Language” page of the I-1433 engagement site. The deadline for submission of feedback is COB Friday, June 2, 2017.
Although the engagement site is the preferred location for comments, you may also send your comments by email to i1433Rules@LNI.WA.GOV.
Please note that this version of the draft proposed rules does not contain language that addresses enforcement because the revision process for the updated enforcement language is still ongoing. Stakeholders will have additional time to review and comment on the enforcement language once it is released.