January 1

Regulations Taking Effect Jan. 1, 2019

Learn more about new CE rules, Paid Family and Medical Leave Program requirements, and a minimum wage increase—all effective January 1, 2019.

New CE Rules

Beginning January 1, 2019, continuing education requirements for Washington state dentists will change. ​Read here for more information or visit the Department of Health website ​to review the new rules in their entirety and to browse FAQs.

Paid Family & Medical Leave Program

Employer requirements for Washington’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Program go into effect on January 1, 2019. The program, administered by the Employment Security Department (ESD), is funded by premiums paid by both employees and many employers. Employers should be prepared to withhold premiums from employee paychecks starting January 1.

Read here for more information or visit the Paid Family and Medical Leave website for timelines, small business requirements, an employer toolkit and more.

Washington Minimum Wage Increase

Initiative 1433, passed in 2016, will raise Washington’s minimum wage to $12.00 per hour effective January 1, 2019. In 2020, the state minimum wage will increase to $13.50 per hour. Learn more on the Department of Labor & Industries website.


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