Don't HR Alone #33 - The Most Common Wage Mistake that KILLS Businesses

Today we look into a new law in Washington state that will likely be used across the nation overtime for paid family leave, and do a deep dive into a wage and hour case that perfectly illustrates many of the most common pitfalls.

Washington enacts paid family and medical leave program — STATE LAW

Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed Substitute Senate Bill 5978 on July 5, 2017, to provide a paid family and medical leave program in the state. The new law, which was approved in the state Legislature on June 30, 2017, will be in place by 2020.

S.B. 5978 creates the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program, which will provide everyone in the workforce with up to 12 weeks of paid medical leave, and up to 12 weeks paid time off to care for a new child or an ailing family member. That leave is capped at 16 weeks if the employee needs both types of time off in a one-year period. Women who experience pregnancy complications may receive an additional two weeks of leave.

Depending on earnings, employees will receive up to 90 percent of their wage or salary or up to $1,000 per week during their leave. Employees become eligible for the program after working 820 hours.