With the federal minimum wage remaining unchanged for more than 10 years now, states and localities are filling in the gap with new minimum wage laws or increases to existing minimum wages.
Under amended regulations adopted by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I), the minimum salary level or fee basis for executive, administrative and professional will increase sharply over the next eight years.
The Washington Supreme Court has ruled it is illegal to refuse to hire qualified potential employees because the employer perceives them to be obese.
The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries issued draft regulations, under which the minimum salary for executive, administrative, professional and outside sales employees would increase from the current level of $23,660 to $49,140 for large employers and to $35,100 for small employers, effective July 1, 2020.
Colorado and Washington both have enacted salary history question bans, making them the 9th and 10th states placing such prohibitions on employers. Colorado's measure is part of a broad pay equity law.
Washington State has enacted a new law governing the use of noncompete agreements, effective January 1, 2020.
The Washington Supreme Court has ruled that an employer is directly liable when one of its employees sexually harasses a member of the public, even if the employer neither knew nor should have known of the conduct.
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