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Jan 28 2020
Leave Laws  

Washington Paid Family & Medical Leave poster and notice now available online

It’s a new year and Washington’s Paid Family and Medical Leave (WPFML) benefits are in full effect. The Washington Employment Security Department (ESD) closed out 2019 by publishing the new WPFML workplace poster required for all Washington employers. The poster must be displayed where you usually post other employment-related notices, such as in the…

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Dec 23 2019
Employee BenefitsLeave Laws  

Washington Paid Family & Medical Leave rules finalized; access our resources

January 1, 2020, the date your employees will be able to apply for Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave (WPFML) benefits, is right around the corner. Here’s an update on where things stand and a reminder about our resources: Rulemaking: The Washington Employment Security Department (ESD) has completed its rulemaking (click the…

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Dec 13 2019
Wage and Hour  

ALERT: Washington changes salary and duties tests for exempt employees

On December 11, 2019, Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) announced major changes to Washington’s minimum salary requirements for exempt workers and to the “duties test” for executive, administrative, and professional workers, which will be effective July 1, 2020. As Vigilant previously reported, when L&I first proposed these rules, Vigilant submitted comments suggesting…

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Dec 10 2019
Leave Laws  

Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave resources released

The Washington Employment Security Department (ESD) just released new resources to help your employees apply for Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) benefits starting on January 1, 2020. The downloadable tools are available here, and include a Parent’s Guide (how to apply for bonding leave), a Patient and Family Guide (how to…

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Nov 08 2019
Leave Laws  

Washington Paid Family & Medical Leave Resources

Washington Paid Family & Medical Leave is coming. Starting on January 1, 2020, your employees will be able to apply for Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave benefits. The law created a lot of questions and many employers are still struggling to find answers. We're here to help. Below you will find a number…

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Sep 11 2019
Termination & Resignation  

Supervisor in Washington may be individually liable for termination

In Washington, an employee may bring a legal claim against an individual supervisor who participated in an employment termination decision, according to a federal district court. A former middle school principal brought a claim for wrongful discharge in violation of public policy against both the school district and the individual…

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Aug 29 2019
Safety and Health  

Electronic injury & illness reporting to start in 2020 in Washington

Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) has finally issued regulations requiring covered Washington employers to follow federal requirements and file annual injury and illness reports electronically with federal OSHA starting in 2020. As explained on OSHA’s Injury Tracking Application web page, the reporting portal will open again on January 2, 2020, and the…

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Jun 10 2019
Harassment & Discrimination  

New law in Washington protects isolated workers

Washington has a new law intended to prevent the sexual harassment or assault of certain isolated workers. The law applies to every hotel, motel, retail, security guard entity, or “property services contractor” that employs a custodian, security guard, hotel or motel housekeeper, or room-service employee who spends a majority of their working…

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May 17 2019
HiringWage and Hour  

WASHINGTON: Law restricts salary inquiries and requires disclosures

WASHINGTON: Law restricts salary inquiries and requires disclosures Last week, Governor Inslee signed amendments to the Washington Equal Pay and Opportunities Act, which will prohibit employers from asking candidates about their prior salary history, and require employers to provide wage scales or salary ranges to candidates upon request. When this new…

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Mar 12 2019
Workers’ Comp  

Kept on Salary vs. Time Loss - Employer saves $67k

Vigilant Helps Save Employer $67K by Crunching the Numbers One of the surprising ways employers can save on a workers’ comp claim is to just go ahead and keep an injured worker on full salary (KOS) instead of depending on L&I to supplement wages. Washington, unlike most states, allows employers to pay wages…

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