Employment and Labor Laws

Washington

Washington Employment and Labor Law Updates 2021


December

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


November

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


October

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


September

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


August

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


July

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


June

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


May

Coverage of the Paid Family and Medical Leave Program

Bill

Senate Bill 5097

Summary

Expands coverage of the paid family and medical leave program.

Enacted

05/10/2021

Effective Date

07/25/2021

Topics

Responsible_caregive; Shared_household; Family; Medical


Worker Protections

Bill

House Bill 1097

Summary

Increases worker protections.

Enacted

05/11/2021

Effective Date

07/25/2021, 07/01/2022

Topics

Administrative; Backpay; Civil_penalty; Injunctive_relief; Penalty; Reinstatement; Statute_limitations; Retaliation; Health; Safety


Health Emergency Labor Standards

Bill

Senate Bill 5115

Summary

Establishes Health Emergency Labor Standards.

Enacted

05/11/2021

Effective Date

05/11/2021

Topics

Accommodation; Contagious_disease; Infectious_disease; Notice; Reporting_required; Subcontractor; Retaliation


Retroactivity of Overtime Claims

Bill

Senate Bill 5172

Summary

Establishes Health Emergency Labor Standards.

Enacted

05/11/2021

Effective Date

07/25/2021

Topics

Agricultural_employe; Overtime


Health Care Workers

Bill

Senate Bill 5190

Summary

Provides health care workers with presumptive benefits during a public health emergency.

Enacted

05/11/2021

Effective Date

05/11/2021

Topics

Unemployment; Workers_Comp


Juneteenth as a Legal Holiday

Bill

House Bill 1016

Summary

Makes Juneteenth a legal holiday.

Enacted

05/13/2021

Effective Date

Topics

Holidays; Juneteenth


April

Law Enforcement Personnel Collective Bargaining

Bill

Senate Bill 5055

Summary

Concerns law enforcement personnel collective bargaining.

Enacted

04/07/2021

Effective Date

07/25/2021

Topics

Labor_Law


Continuity of Employee Family and Medical Leave Rights

Bill

House Bill 1087

Summary

Clarifies the continuity of employee family and medical leave rights.

Enacted

04/16/2021

Effective Date

04/16/2021

Topics

Cause_of_action; Family; Medical


Worker Compensation Claim Resolution Settlement

Bill

Senate Bill 5046

Summary

Clarifies the continuity of employee family and medical leave rights.

Enacted

04/16/2021

Effective Date

04/16/2021

Topics

Workers_Comp


Subminimum Wage Certificates

Bill

Senate Bill 5284

Summary

Eliminates subminimum wage certificates for persons with disabilities; provides that new special certificates may not be issued after a certain date; provides for validity of previously issued certificates; allows for sharing of certain information with the Department of Health Services for certain purposes; requires a certain report to be submitted.

Enacted

04/16/2021

Effective Date

07/25/2021

Topics

Disabled_employee; Certificate; Minimum_wage; Subminimum_wage


Wage Liens

Bill

Senate Bill 5355

Summary

Establishes wage liens.

Enacted

04/16/2021

Effective Date

01/01/2022

Topics

Liens; Wage_claims


Coverage of the Paid Family and Medical Leave Program

Bill

House Bill 1073

Summary

Expands coverage of the paid family and medical leave program.

Enacted

04/21/2021

Effective Date

04/21/2021

Topics

Covid; Emergency; Family; Medical


March

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


February

Unemployment Insurance

Bill

Senate Bill 5061

Summary

Concerns unemployment insurance; provides for ongoing unemployment insurance.

Enacted

02/08/2021

Effective Date

02/08/2021

Topics

Unemployment


January

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.

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