Employers should be aware of two items of particular importance: (1) the state minimum wage will increase to $11.00 per hour on Jan. 1, 2017; and (2) paid sick leave requirements will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2018. Additional details and background information pertaining to I-1433 are available here.
Today the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries released the following information about I-1433. Please review this information as it will affect your business.
- The election results are not official until certification. Certification is scheduled to occur on November 29, 2016. The guidance in this email is contingent on formal certification of I-1433 by the Secretary of State of the State of Washington.
- The minimum wage will increase to $11.00 per hour on January 1, 2017. This will supersede the rate of $9.53 per hour that the Department announced in September. The minimum wage for workers under 16 years of age – set by regulation at 85% of the state minimum wage (WAC 296-126-020) – will increase to $9.35 per hour.
- The minimum wage will increase incrementally over the next four years to $13.50 per hour by January 1, 2020 – $11.00 in 2017, $11.50 in 2018, $12.00 in 2019, and $13.50 in 2020. Beginning January 1, 2021, and each January 1st thereafter, the minimum wage rate will be adjusted based on the rate of inflation.
- On January 1, 2018, each employer in Washington must provide their employees with paid sick leave. Paid sick leave accrues at a minimum rate of one hour of paid sick leave for each forty hours worked as an employee. Unused paid sick leave carries over to the following year, except that an employer is not required to allow an employee to carry over paid sick leave in excess of forty hours. Paid sick leave must be provided at the greater of the newly increased minimum wage or the employee’s regular and normal wage.
- Under Section 10 of I-1433, the Department must adopt and implement rules to address the new requirements provided by I-1433, such as providing procedures for notification to employees about their paid sick leave, reporting requirements regarding paid sick leave, and protecting employees from retaliation for the lawful use of paid sick leave or exercising other rights under the Minimum Wage Act. There is no specific timeline for rulemaking, but the Department anticipates finalizing the rules before January 1, 2018 – when the paid sick leave provisions of I-1433 become effective.
- For employers and employees in jurisdictions that currently have a higher minimum wage rate (Seattle, Tacoma, and the City of SeaTac), the local minimum wage rates will still apply as long as they are higher than the state minimum wage rate.
Questions? Please contact Brent DeBeaumont, Wage and Hour Technical Specialist, at 360-902-5552 or email@example.com.
- For a hotel room, contact the Ellensburg Quality Inn at (509) 925-9800.
- To reserve an RV space at the fairgrounds, call Darcel at (360) 482-3485.
For more information, contact Darcel at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 482-3485.
The proposed CAFO permit will be costly!
Your comments on this proposed permit are necessary to protect your interests. Please read these details and provide comments to the Department of Ecology.
Send comments to Ecology. They must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Aug. 31. Send comments to:
Washington State Department of Ecology
Water Quality Program
Attn: Jon Jennings
PO Box 47696
Olympia, WA 98504-7696
It is extremely important to make your voices heard by August 31th.
Here are links to more information to assist in making comments.
Washington State Dairy Federation materials:
- WSDF comments submitted August 29, 2016
- WSDF overview of the CAFO permit
- WSDF background and analysis of CAFO permit
- WSDF suggested comments on the proposed CAFO permit
- Tips on testifying on the CAFO permit
Department of Ecology materials:
- Main page with information and the form for submitting comments electronically
- Draft state-only permit
- Draft combined permit
- Draft fact sheet for state and combined permits
- Draft Application for Coverage Notice of Intent (NOI) for Coverage under a CAFO General Permit
- Draft annual report
- Draft yearly field nutrient budget
- Draft record keeping calendar
- Draft export record keeping
- Draft Small Business Economic Impact Analysis
- Draft Manure and Groundwater Quality: Literature Review
- Storman, Ecology Letter to NRCS
- Effects of Leakage from Four Dairy Waste Storage Ponds on Ground Water Quality (Denis Erickson, Washington State Department of Ecology)
- Ground Water Quality Assessment, Sheridan Dairy Lagoon, Adna, Washington (Denis Erickson, Washington State Department of Ecology)
- Addressing Nitrate in California’s Drinking Water (University of California, Davis)
- Implementation of Nutrient Management Training Program for Farmers (Washington State Department of Agriculture)
- Evaluation of the Effects of Edge-of-Field Grass and Shrub Filter Strips on Fecal Coliform Bacteria Transport in an Agricultural Setting
- Western Dairy News: Using Vegetated Buffers or Setbacks to Reduce Fecal Coliform Bacteria Runoff from Dairy Pastures
- Flow Pathways and Sediment Trapping in a Field-Scale Vegetative Filter (See chart on p. 957.)
- Infiltration Mechanism Controls Nitrification and Denitrification Processes under Dairy Waste Lagoon (Baram et al.)
- Land Application Requirements: Separation Distances (Andersen et al.)