March 2023: Seattle Becomes First City in Nation to Ban Caste Discrimination

Update Applicable to:All employers in the city of Seattle, Washington. What happened?On February 21, 2023, the city council of Seattle voted to add “caste” to the city’s anti-discrimination laws, known as City Bill 120511 (CB 120511). What are the details? Caste is a complicated and fluid term. The word derived from Portuguese and was first […]

December 2022: Reminder: Washington Requires Pay Ranges in Job Postings

Update Applicable to:All employers with 15 or more employees in the state of Washington. What happened? In our previous communication here, we notified you that Senate Bill 5761 (SB 5761) was passed into law and would require employers to affirmatively disclose in all job postings a wage scale or wage range, as well as “all […]

August 2022: Washington State Adopts Emergency Heat and Wildfire Rules

Update Applicable to:All employers with employees that perform work outside within the state of Washington. What happened?On June 1, 2022, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) adopted emergency rules that add to existing protections for outdoor workers from the summer conditions of heat exposure and wildfire smoke. What are the details?Effective June […]

July 2022: Independent Contractor Protections Ordinance to Go into Effect in September

Update Applicable to:All employers with independent contractors in the city of Seattle, Washington. What happened?On June 14, 2021, Seattle City Council passed SMC 14.34, the Independent Contractor Protections (ICP) Ordinance, which requires covered hiring entities to provide independent contractors with disclosures prior to entering a contract and at the time of payment. What are the […]

April 2022: Washington Governor Signs “Silenced No More Act” into Law

Update Applicable to:All employers in the state of Washington What happened?On March 24, 2022, Governor Inslee signed into law Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1795 (ESHB 1795), also known as the “Silenced No More Act.” What are the details? Going into effect on June 9, 2022, the newly enacted law broadly covers all types of agreements […]

March 2022: Washington Department of Public Health and King County Lift Mask Mandate

Update Applicable to:All employers in the state of Washington and King County, Washington What happened?On February 28, 2022, Governor Inslee announced that Washington is entering a less restrictive phase of the COVID-19 response and King County, Washington, has also reduced restrictions. What are the details? Beginning March 21, 2022, the state will no longer mandate […]

February 2022: Washington Delays Implementation of Long-Term Care Legislation

Update Applicable to:All employers in the state of Washington What happened?On January 27, 2022, Governor Jay Inslee signed House Bills 1732 (HB 1732) and 1733 (HB 1733), which delay implementation and propose several reforms to the Washington Cares Act. What are the details?The new bills came after legislative leaders announced an intention to delay premium collections for the […]

January 2022: UPDATE: Washington Governor Clarifies that Employers Are Still “Legally Obligated” to Pay Premiums Under the Washington Cares Act

Update Applicable to:All employers in the state of Washington What happened?In our previous communication here, we informed you about the Washington Cares Fund, which creates a mandatory, public, state-run long-term care insurance program for workers. This is an update to that article. What are the details?In light of a class-action lawsuit filed against the Washington […]