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Legislative Updates

    Below are links and information related to employment law and relevant in our jobs as HR, Managers, or small business owners.

    L&I will be conducting public webinars on the new paid sick leave law. 

    Webinar dates:  November 16, 20, and 29th

    Each day will offer 3 webinars at 9:30am, 12:00pm, and 2:30pm.

    The webinar title is:  Employer’s Get Ready for Paid Sick Leave Webinar

    The webinar will cover the new Paid Sick Leave Law requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to most employees beginning January 1, 2018.  Get an overview of Initiative 1433, which changed state law regarding minimum wage, ensuring tips and service charges are given to the appropriate staff, and requiring employers to provide paid sick leave.

    Click the link below to sign up for the webinars:

    On Tuesday, May 30th, the Department of Labor & Industries held a meeting with stakeholders to discuss the second version of the draft proposed rule language for I-1433. At that meeting, the department indicated there was a possibility that the sections of the rules which address enforcement may be developed in a separate rulemaking process.

    Due to the volume of work associated with crafting rule language which address employer obligations/requirements and employee rights under Initiative 1433, the department has been unable to finish developing the draft language which addresses enforcement.

    As a result, development of the enforcement language will be the focus of a separate rulemaking process. The CR-101 for the enforcement language rulemaking will be filed on July 5, 2017, the same day as the CR-102 filing for the rest of the rule language.

    Consistent with the process used for development of the employer obligations/requirements and employee rights sections of the rules, the department will be working closely with stakeholders to develop a draft of the enforcement language prior to filing the CR-102.

    This will include circulating pre-102 versions of the draft language, and meeting with stakeholders to discuss feedback and suggestions.

    The goal of the department is to have the enforcement language finalized no later than December 31, 2017.

    The Department of Labor & Industries has reviewed stakeholder comments submitted in response to the Initiative 1433 (I-1433) draft proposed rule language.

    Prior to filing the rule language with the CR-102, the department is circulating a second version of the draft proposed rule language. Click here for the updated version of the draft proposed rule language which reflects changes made after reviewing the stakeholder comments submitted in the first round of feedback. The I-1433 engagement site will be updated with this revised draft and timeline on Monday, May 22nd

    Please note that this version of the draft proposed rules does not contain language which addresses enforcement. The revision process for the updated enforcement language is still ongoing. The target for sending out the updated enforcement language is the week of May 22nd. When they send out the revised draft enforcement language, they will allow for additional time for stakeholders to review it.

    L&I is asking stakeholders to submit their comments on the “Second Version I-1433 Draft Proposed Rule Language” page of the I-1433 engagement site.  The deadline for submission of feedback is COB Friday, June 2, 2017. A copy of the second version of the draft proposed I-1433 rule language will be posted to the “Document Library” of the I-1433 engagement site.

    HR Day on the Hill 2017 Presentation Materials 

    LI Overview (PDF)

    Littler Seattle SHRM Briefing - What Does Trump Administration Mean for Employers (PDF)

    An overview of Employment Law Legislation for the 2017 Legislative Session (PDF)

    HR Advocacy (PDF)

    Litigation and Enforcement Trends 2016 (PDF)

    Whatcom County Council just passed an ordinance that officially bans e-cigarettes in all public places and places of employment.

    This ordinance was passed on Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 and goes into effect on November 9th, 2016. 

    From the article in the Herald:

    The restriction expands the Smoking in Public Places Law to include vaping. It puts the use of electronic cigarettes in the same category as traditional cigarettes, which can’t be smoked in public places including workplaces, bars, restaurants, non-tribal casinos and bowling alleys.”                        

    Here are some helpful tips for making a difference in the state legislative process:

    To find contact information for your current legislators, including email addresses and web addresses, click here.

    • Take a few moments to customize your email or letter because form letters are not given as much attention.
    • Keep your written correspondence brief. Legislators don't have time to wade through lengthy messages. If you don't receive a response from your legislator within 10-15 days, send your correspondence again. They may not have received your original message.

    If you have questions or would like to know how the Mt. Baker Chapter participates in the legislative process, please feel free to email our Legislative Liaison, Edie Hill, at