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Washington Employment Law

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There are dozens of policies, rules, and laws that govern employment in Washington State. Business owners have to know and abide by these laws to avoid business litigation issues from employees and to stay in compliance with state and federal regulations. It may take years for a business owner or an employee to become familiar with each of these laws and regulations, but there are a few important categories to help organize your research.

Wage and Hour Laws

A large number of policies, rules, and laws have to do with wages and hours. According to the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, there are over six different sub-categories within this branch of employment law and they include regulations on items like

  • Pay requirements
  • Breaks and schedules
  • Overtime and exemptions
  • Minimum wage

These laws are a part of the network of workplace rights that govern how long employees can work, how much they are paid, and how often they get breaks. These regulations also include payroll and personal records, which tell employers what type of information to record for legal matters and taxes. Your local business litigation lawyer may be required for any lawsuits regarding employers who violate these.

Complaints and Discrimination

Another category of workplace rights and employment law in Washington State has to do with complaints and discrimination issues. Employees and employers have a network of policies and rules to protect them against accusations. It also allows them to file claims against attacks. Some topics addressed include

  • L&I claims for injured workers
  • L&I claims for harassment and discrimination
  • Termination

Being familiar with these laws is very useful. Every employer and employee should review the regulations in place so they fully understand their workplace rights to know when these are violated. Many discrimination lawsuits in Seattle are filed when these specific regulations and laws are broken. Your Legal Guide says discrimination lawsuits are one of the most common types of business lawsuits filed in the entire United States.

Work Leave and Benefits

The next major category of regulations under Washington State employment law addresses benefits and work leave. Within these regulations are topics and laws about

  • Military spouse leave of absences
  • Pregnancy leave
  • Health care and insurance

Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries' information about work leave and benefits also covers regulations about uniforms and vacation leave as well. Major federal labor laws can also be found at the United States Department of Labor website.

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