Washington Legal Updates

Compliance Law Updates Recently Announced:

Last Updated: 5/13/2024

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Washington Legal Updates:

May 2024

  • Washington Expands Equal Pay Law to Cover All Protected Classes
  • Washington Establishes Retirement Savings Program
  • Washington Amends Paid Sick Leave Law, Expanding Authorized Reasons for Leave–Policy Updates Forthcoming
  • Washington Clarifies Prohibition Against Certain Noncompetition Covenants
  • Washington Enacts Free Choice Act, Protecting Employees’ Rights to Refrain from Attending Certain Meetings–Includes New Posting Requirement

April 2024

  • Tukwila, Washington Ballot Initiative Requires Covered Employers to Offer Additional Work to Existing Employees Before Hiring–Now Includes Sample Policy
  • Renton, WA Passes Ordinance on Offers of Additional Hours to Part-Time Employees — New Policy Forthcoming

March 2024

  • Washington Adopts Final Rules on Unemployment and Wildfires and Other Disasters (effective 03/22/24)

January 2024

  • Washington Amends Law on Access to PFML Records (effective 01/01/24)
  • Washington Enacts New Law Prohibiting Discrimination Based on Cannabis Use (With Several Exceptions) (effective 01/01/24)
  • Seattle Adopts Final Rules Implementing App-Based Worker Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance (effective 01/13/24)
  • Washington Adopts New Rules on Wildfire Smoke Exposure (effective 01/15/24)

September 2023

  • Seattle Ordinance Requires Deactivation Notices for App-Based Workers

July 2023

  • New Laws Postpone Washington Cares Act Employee Premiums to July 1, 2023 and Require Employers to Refund any Premiums Already Collected (effective 07/01/23)
  • Tukwila, Washington Ballot Initiative Requires Covered Employers to Offer Additional Work to Existing Employees Before Hiring (effective 07/01/23)
  • Washington Passes Final PFML Rule on Employer Payroll Reporting Requirements (effective 07/01/23)
  • New Washington Law Prohibits Searches of Employee Vehicles (effective 07/23/23)
  • Washington Passes Whistleblower Award and Protection Act (effective 07/23/23)

April 2023

  • Seattle Becomes the First U.S. Jurisdiction to Prohibit Caste Discrimination (effective 03/25/23)

January 2023

  • Washington Expands Wage and Salary Disclosure Requirements (effective 01/01/23)

December 2022

  • Washington Amends Paid Family and Medical Leave Rules to Address Loss of a Child–Now Includes Updated Policy
  • Tukwila, Washington Ballot Initiative Requires Covered Employers to Offer Additional Work to Existing Employees Before Hiring

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