Published on March 2, 2020
The new year has brought a myriad of new laws for employers in Washington. Here is a recap of key new developments for your business in 2020.
New Law Restricting Noncompetition Agreements
Employers can no longer enforce non-competes that do not meet the standards set under the new law, including that the employee must make over $100,000 annually and the term usually must be limited to 18 months.
Washington’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Act
Having been funded by premiums paid by employers and employees on all wages paid in 2019, Washington’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Act now offers paid family and medical leave benefits to workers in 2020. The program has faced overwhelming demand and Washington State is behind schedule in processing benefit applications and making payments.
New Overtime Rules
The minimum salary for overtime-exempt executive, administrative and professional employees increased to $684/week nationwide as of January 1, 2020. A final rule from the Washington Department of Labor & Industries would increase this minimum salary further in Washington State beginning this summer, to 2.5X minimum wage over the next 8 years.
We are monitoring these developments closely and will be providing further updates that may affect your workforce. If you have questions, please feel free to contact any member of the Employment Rights, Benefits & Labor Group at Ryan Swanson.