“New paid sick leave requirements drawing closer − rules process a chance for input in the Inland Northwest. Washington’s new mandatory paid sick leave law takes effect in less than six months, starting January 1, 2018. It’s a major change as a result of Initiative 1433, approved by voters last fall.
The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is developing rules in two phases to explain and enforce the new requirements. The state rules process is an opportunity for people to have input into the details of how the new law will be carried out.
The new rules will include procedures for using sick leave, employee notification, reporting requirements, and protecting employees from retaliation for the lawful use of paid sick leave. The rule-making process includes public hearings around the state where people can make on-the-record comments and provide input.
The Spokane hearings for the rules is scheduled for Aug. 16, 10 a.m., Spokane CenterPlace Auditorium, Spokane Valley. The Pasco hearings for the rules is scheduled for Aug. 17, 10 a.m., Columbia Basin Community College.”