Washington is an employee-friendly state. For example, an agreement that requires an employee to assign all rights to all invention to the employer will not be enforced, with certain exceptions. Similarly, the state requires certain leaves in addition to federal law.
This page is a round-up of the state and municipal laws in Washington.
Although the authors cautioned that their findings should not be generalized to minimum wage policies set by other localities, the research has the potential to shape the minimum wage debate nationwide.
Updated to reflect a forthcoming amendment related to the use of a mobile device while driving.
Updated to reflect new hire notice requirements under the Seattle Secure Scheduling Ordinance.
Updated to reflect expanded protections for service animals.
Updated to reflect a forthcoming amendment relating to the use of a wireless communications device while driving.
Updated to reflect additional protections for service animals.
Updated to reflect a legal development regarding the right of taxicab and for-hire drivers to unionize in Seattle.
The Seattle Office of Labor Standards (OLS) has proposed revisions to the city's minimum wage rules intended to reflect a 2015 wage theft ordinance, a ballot initiative increasing the statewide minimum wage and other developments.
A roundup of the comprehensive state coverage XpertHR offers to help Washington employers ensure they are compliant with state HR and employment laws.