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Washington Governor Creates COVID-19 Food Production Workers Paid Leave Program

Under the Washington COVID-19 Food Production Workers Paid Leave Program, no food production employer in Washington may operate from August 18, 2020, to November 13, 2020, unless the employer provides its workers with paid leave for certain qualifying events. The Program was created by Governor Jay Inslee under Proclamation 20-67. Read the full article here.  Read... Continue Reading…
August 20, 2020

Washington Governor Creates COVID-19 Food Production Workers Paid Leave Program

Under the Washington COVID-19 Food Production Workers Paid Leave Program, no food production employer in Washington may operate from August 18, 2020, to November 13, 2020, unless the employer provides its workers with paid leave for certain qualifying events. The Program was created by Governor Jay Inslee under Proclamation 20-67. Read the full article here.  Read... Continue Reading
August 20, 2020

Seattle Enacts Gig Worker Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance During COVID-19 Crisis

The Seattle City Council has enacted the Paid Sick and Safe Time for Gig Workers Ordinance, which temporarily provides paid sick and safe time (PSST) to “gig workers” for online-based food delivery network companies and drivers of transportation network companies with 250 or more gig workers worldwide. The ordinance takes effect July 13, 2020, and... Continue Reading…
June 23, 2020

Seattle Enacts Gig Worker Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance During COVID-19 Crisis

The Seattle City Council has enacted the Paid Sick and Safe Time for Gig Workers Ordinance, which temporarily provides paid sick and safe time (PSST) to “gig workers” for online-based food delivery network companies and drivers of transportation network companies with 250 or more gig workers worldwide. The ordinance takes effect July 13, 2020, and... Continue Reading
June 23, 2020

Washington: Proclamation Extending Time Period for High-Risk Employee Job Protection

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has issued a new Proclamation that extends until 11:59 p.m. on August 1, 2020, the job protections in place for “high-risk” Washington employees. The job protections were to expire at 11:59 p.m. on June 12, 2020, under the previous Proclamation. High-risk employees are (1) any individual 65 years or older,... Continue Reading…
June 12, 2020

Washington: Proclamation Extending Time Period for High-Risk Employee Job Protection

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has issued a new Proclamation that extends until 11:59 p.m. on August 1, 2020, the job protections in place for “high-risk” Washington employees. The job protections were to expire at 11:59 p.m. on June 12, 2020, under the previous Proclamation. High-risk employees are (1) any individual 65 years or older,... Continue Reading
June 12, 2020

Seattle Bans Employers from Requiring Medical Verification for Paid Sick Leave for 60 Days

Under Seattle’s Paid Sick and Safe Time (PSST) law, an employer normally may require verification (including a doctor’s note) for the use of PSST after three consecutive workdays in which the employee uses paid sick/safe leave. But effective immediately and through June 7, 2020, employers may not require a doctor’s note or healthcare provider verification... Continue Reading
April 8, 2020

Seattle Bans Employers from Requiring Medical Verification for Paid Sick Leave for 60 Days

Under Seattle’s Paid Sick and Safe Time (PSST) law, an employer normally may require verification (including a doctor’s note) for the use of PSST after three consecutive workdays in which the employee uses paid sick/safe leave. But effective immediately and through June 7, 2020, employers may not require a doctor’s note or healthcare provider verification... Continue Reading…
April 8, 2020

Washington Amends its Paid Family and Medical Leave Act

On March 26, 2020, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law amendments to the Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave Act. The significant changes are as follows: Lawsuits The WPFMLA now includes a private right of action in court for an employee claiming interference, retaliation, or discrimination under this law. The limitations period is three years.... Continue Reading
April 1, 2020

Seattle Expands Its Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance in Response to COVID-19

Effective March 18, 2020, the Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Time (PSST) Ordinance allows eligible employees working in Seattle to use PSST when their family member’s school or place of care is closed, regardless of whether such closure is made by a public official. In addition, when “Tier 3” employers (with 250 or more full... Continue Reading
March 23, 2020

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