Washington joined the growing number of states to adopt paid sick and safe leave for all workers with approval of Initiative 1433 in 2016.
Starting in 2018, most workers in Washington are guaranteed at least 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked. An estimated 1 million workers in the state did not have any paid sick leave prior, and others only very limited access. In Tacoma and Seattle, which previously passed sick leave rules, more generous provisions will continue to prevail, including higher accrual levels in large companies in Seattle.
Paid sick leave can be used for health needs of the worker or a family member, or to deal with legal and safety needs arising from domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. Up to 40 hours can be carried over from year to year, with no other annual cap on annual usage.
Washington’s minimum wage will continue to rise to $13.50 in 2020. Thereafter, it will rise with inflation.