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2023-24

Consumer Protection
HB 1051
Robocalls and Telephone Scams
[Effective date 7/23/2023]
Concerning robocalling and telephone scams.
• Prohibits a person from assisting with a telephone solicitation using an automatic dialing and announcing device to any.
• Prohibits a person from initiating, or causing the initiation of, a telephone solicitation to a telephone number on the federal do not call registry or that violates federal law which prohibits misleading or inaccurate caller identification information.
• Makes a violation of the Telephone Solicitation Act (TSA) and a violation of the prohibition on using an automatic dialing and announcing device to make a commercial solicitation per se violations of the Consumer Protection Act...

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last update: 2023-04-26

HB 1155
(SB 5351)
Consumer Health Data
[Effective date 7/23/2023]
Addressing the collection, sharing, and selling of consumer health data.
• Establishes consumer rights with regard to consumer health data and defines obligations of regulated entities that collect, process, share, and sell consumer health data.
• Exempts government agencies, tribal nations, and personal information subject to specified federal and state law.
• Prohibits selling consumer health data without a valid authorization.
• Prohibits implementing a geofence to track or collect data from consumers who enter certain health care entities.
• Makes violations enforceable under the Consumer Protection Act.

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last update: 2023-04-29


Employment and Employees
HB 1136
Reimburse Employees for Expenditures and Losses
Requiring employers to reimburse employees for necessary expenditures and losses.
• Requires employers to reimburse employees for all necessary expenditures and losses incurred in direct consequence of their duties.
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HB 1029
Reemployment of State Workers due to Vaccine Mandates
Concerning reemployment of state workers dismissed from employment due to vaccine mandates.
AN ACT Relating to reemployment of state workers dismissed from employment due to vaccine mandates; adding a new section to chapter 43.01 RCW; and creating a new section.
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SB 5139
Protection for Washington residents refusing Vacination
Providing protections for Washington residents who decline COVID-19 vaccinations or who were terminated for refusing vaccination.
AN ACT Relating to protecting the rights of Washington residents by ensuring individuals can decline an immunization or vaccination for COVID-19 and addressing workers terminated for refusing vaccination; and adding a new section to chapter 70.54 RCW.
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SB 5061
(HB 1320)
Access to Personnel Records
Concerning access to personnel records.
• Requires an employer to furnish an employee with a complete, unredacted copy of their personnel file at no cost within 14 calendar days of a request.
• Mandates an employer to furnish a former employee with a signed written statement with the effective date of discharge, whether the employer had a reason for the discharge, and if so, the reasons, within 14 calendar days of the written request.

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SB 5123
Employment who Lawfully Consume Cannabis
[Effective date 1/1/2024]
Concerning the employment of individuals who lawfully consume cannabis.
• Prohibits employers, with some exceptions, from discriminating against a person in hiring if the discrimination is based on the person's use of cannabis outside of work or on certain employer-required drug screening tests.
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last update: 2023-05-18

HB 1099
Prevailing Wage in Public Works Contracts
Requiring certain wages in public works contracts to be at least the prevailing wage in effect when the work is performed.
• Requires public works contracts to specify that wages paid to workers will not be less than the latest prevailing wage rate in effect at the time the work is performed.
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SB 5110
Adding Penalties
Adding penalties for certain prohibited practices in chapter 49.44 RCW.
• Adds penalties for the provisions in the Revised Code of Washington, Chapter 49.44 that do not already have specified criminal or civil remedies.
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SB 5111
Payment for Accrued and Unused Sick Leave
[Effective date 1/1/2024]
Concerning payments for accrued and unused sick leave for certain construction workers.
• Requires payment for accrued and unused sick leave for certain construction workers separating from employment.
Link to Bill
last update: 2023-05-10

SB 5236
Hospital Staffing Standards
[Effective date 7/1/2024*]
Concerning hospital staffing standards.
• Modifies nurse staffing committee and staffing plan requirements.
• Amends the meal and rest breaks and overtime provisions for health care employees.

Link to Bill
last update: 2023-04-26

HB 1187
Privileged Communication
[Effective date 7/23/2023]
Concerning privileged communication between employees and the unions that represent them.
• Creates a privilege from examination and disclosure for a union representative and a union employee concerning any communication between the union representative or union employee made during union representation.
• Applies the privilege from examination and disclosure to the union members and organizations that represent: employees of college districts, public employees, faculty at public four-year institutions of higher education, civil service employees, ferry employees, port employees, and labor unions.

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last update: 2023-05-10

SB 5327
Paying Interns
Concerning paying interns.
• Requires any state or local governmental body or agency, or educational, charitable, or nonprofit organization receiving public funds who provides an internship, to pay the intern at least the state minimum wage for the hours of the internship.
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SB 5417
Rights of Works to Refrain from Meetings
Protecting the rights of workers to refrain from attending meetings or listening to their employer's speech on political or religious matters.
• Prohibits an employer from disciplining or discharging an employee for refusal to attend an employer-sponsored meeting, listen to speech, or view communications, when the primary purpose of which is to communicate the employer's opinion concerning religious or political matters.
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SB 5059
Prejudgment Interest
Concerning prejudgment interest.
• Modifies the accrual date for interest on tort judgments for tortious conduct of public agencies, individuals, and other entities to the date the cause of action accrues.
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HB 1067
Wages for Journey persons
Concerning wages for journeypersons in high-hazard facilities.
• Requires certain workers in petroleum refining or petrochemical manufacturing to be paid at least the prevailing wage.
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SB 5348
Warehouse Distribution Centers
Concerning warehouse distribution centers.
• Requires certain warehouse distribution center employers to provide written descriptions of quotas to employees in certain circumstances.
• Provides that a violation occurs if the quota meal and rest breaks or exposes them to health and safety hazards or violates related laws and rules.
• Requires employers to provide information about quotas and work speeds data upon an employee's request and a request by a former employee for three years from separation.
• Prohibits retaliation, including a rebuttable presumption.
• Provides remedies and for Department of Labor and Industries investigations.
• Allows for an attorney general action and a private right of action.

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HB 1762
Protecting Warehouse Employees
[Effective date 7/1/2024]
Protecting warehouse employees.
• Requires certain warehouse distribution center employers to provide written descriptions of quotas and work speed data to employees.
• Provides that quotas must include sufficient time for breaks and other activities.
• Prohibits retaliation against employees and former employees, and creates a rebuttable presumption.
• Authorizes the Department of Labor and Industries to investigate complaints and enforce provisions, including enforcement under the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act and the Minimum Wage Act.
• Allows for a private right of action and for independent action by the Attorney General.

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last update: 2023-05-18

HB 1570
Social Insurance Programs
[Effective date 7/23/2023]
Concerning social insurance programs applicable to transportation network companies and drivers.
• Provides unemployment insurance (UI) to drivers providing services facilitated through a transportation network company's (TNC) digital network.
• Changes the conditions when an employer, who continues to provide part-time employment for claimants of UI benefits, may be relieved of UI benefit charges for purposes of the employer's UI experience rating.
• Creates a pilot program allowing drivers to elect to pay for Paid Family and Medical Leave coverage, and requiring TNCs to pay those drivers an amount equal to the premiums.

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last update: 2023-05-18

SB 5541
Transparency in Supply Chains
Providing transparency in supply chains.
• Requires every retail seller and manufacturer doing business in Washington and having annual worldwide gross receipts of $100 million or more to disclose its efforts to eradicate human trafficking and forced labor from its direct supply chain for tangible goods offered for sale.
• Requires the Department of Revenue to submit a list of noncompliant sellers and manufacturers to the Attorney General and Legislature.

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SSHB 1491
Prohibiting Employer Searches of Vehicles
[Effective date 7/23/2023]
Prohibiting unjustified employer searches of employee personal vehicles.
• Prohibits an employer from searching an employee\'s vehicle in the employer\'s parking areas, subject to certain exceptions.
• Provides for employee possession of their private property in their vehicle, unless prohibited by law.
• Prohibits an employer from taking adverse action against an employee for exercising the employee\'s rights.

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last update: 2023-06-08

SB 5217
Prevent Musculoskeletal Injuries and Disorders
[Effective date 7/23/2023]
Concerning the state's ability to regulate certain industries and risk classes to prevent musculoskeletal injuries and disorders.
• Repeals the law prohibiting the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) from adopting rules related to ergonomics or musculoskeletal disorders.
• Limits the adoption of new rules to no more than one set of rules for an industry or risk classification within a 12-month period and only for industries or risk classification where workers' compensation claims involved musculoskeletal injuries and disorders which are at a rate greater than two times the overall state claim rate for these types of injuries and disorders over a recent five-year period. Other limitations and exclusions are provided.
• Requires certain reporting related to the potential rules and claims review by L&I.

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last update: 2023-04-26

SB 5793
(HB 1991)
Paid Sick Leave 1/1/2025
[Effective date 1/1/2025]
Concerning paid sick leave.
Brief Summary of Engrossed Substitute Bill Allows an employee or transportation network company driver to use paid sick leave or sick time when their child's school or place of care has been closed after the federal, state, or local government has declared a public emergency.
•Allows an employee or transportation network company driver to use paid sick leave or sick time when necessary to care for an individual who depends on the employee or driver for care or who regularly resides in the employee's or driver's home, so long as the relationship creates an expectation of care.

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last update: 2024-04-17

SB 5778
(HB 1940)
Attending Meetings on Political or Religious matters
[Effective date 6/6/2024]
Protecting the rights of workers to refrain from attending meetings or listening to their employer's speech on political or religious matters.
An employer may not discipline or discharge, threaten to discipline or discharge, penalize, or take any adverse employment action against an employee:
• on account of the employee's refusal to attend or participate in an employersponsored meeting, or listen to speech or view communications, the primary purpose of which is to communicate the employer's opinion concerning religious or political matters;
• as a means of requiring an employee to attend a meeting or participate in communications, the primary purpose of which is to communicate the employer's opinion concerning religious or political matters; or • because the employee makes a good faith report of a violation or a suspected violation of the bill.

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last update: 2024-04-17


Labor Relations
SB 5979
Accrued Leave for Construction Workers
[Effective date 3/13/2024]
Concerning accrued leave for construction workers.
Brief Summary of Bill Limits the requirement for a construction industry employer to pay a separating worker for unused sick leave to when the worker performed service, maintenance, or construction work on a jobsite, in the field, or in a fabrication shop using the tools of the worker's trade or craft.
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last update: 2024-04-17

SB 5586
Employee PFML data
[Effective date 1/1/2024]
Concerning employees' paid family or medical leave data.
• Authorizes certain interested parties, beginning January 1, 2024, to access specified information relating to an employee's paid family or medical leave claim, for the sole purpose of administering internal employer leave or benefit practices under established policies.
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last update: 2023-05-18

SB 5286
Paid Family Medical Leave - Premium Provision
[Effective date 7/23/2023]
Modifying the premium provisions of the paid family and medical leave program.
• Amends the premium rate calculation in the Paid Family and Medical Leave Program (PFML) to be based on a specified formula rather than the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Account (Account) balance ratio on September 30th of the previous year.
• Sets a maximum rate of 1.2 percent and removes the Employment Security Department's authority to assess a solvency surcharge if the Account balance ratio falls below a certain threshold.
• Removes expired and outdated language in the PFML premium provisions.

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last update: 2023-04-26


Payroll & Benefits
SB 6069
Mandatory Employer Retirement Savings
[Effective date 6/6/2024*]
Revised for 1st Substitute: Improving retirement security for Washingtonians by establishing Washington saves, an automatic enrollment individual retirement savings account program, and updating the Washington retirement marketplace statute. (REVISED
Brief Summary of Engrossed Substitute Bill (As Amended by Committee) Establishes Washington Saves, a state-facilitated automatic enrollment individual retirement savings account program. • Establishes a governing board, chaired by the State Treasurer to establish, design, implement, manage, and oversee Washington Saves. • Permits an investment manager to invest the program funds and establishes an administrative account and trust account. • Establishes regulations and procedures for confidentiality, complaints, appeals, violations, and civil penalties.
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last update: 2024-04-17


Public Employees
HB 1361
Qualifications for Unemployment Insurance voluntary leave
[Effective date 7/23/2023]
Updating statutes related to state employment by removing obsolete language, eliminating unnecessary reports, conforming a reporting period to fiscal year, and modernizing employee pay procedures.
• Removes obsolete salary schedule language related to comparable worth and locally competitive higher education salary schedules.
• Removes several temporary salary freeze provisions dating from February 18, 2009, until July 31, 2013.

Link to Bill
last update: 2023-04-26


Unemployment Compensation
HB 1095
(SB 5109)
Wage Replacement Program
Creating a wage replacement program for certain Washington workers excluded from unemployment insurance.
• Establishes a state wage replacement program for certain qualified unemployed workers who are ineligible for benefits through the unemployment insurance system as a result of not being authorized to work in the United States.
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SB 5240
(HB 1656)
Unemployment Benefits Appeal
Concerning unemployment insurance benefits appeal procedures.
• Adds disputes of unemployment insurance (UI) determinations of allowance or denial of allowance of benefits or redeterminations, in addition to a dispute of initial determinations, as issues in appeals proceedings regardless of the grounds in the notice of appeal.
• Removes provisions that in a UI appeal on a dispute of a claimant's claim for waiting period credit or UI benefits claim that all UI issues relating to the claimant's right to receive such credit or UI benefits for the period in question are deemed to be in issue regardless of the particular grounds in the notice of appeal; and the claimant's availability for work is determined apart from all other matters.

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HB 1458
Unemployment Benefits for Apprenticeship
[Effective date 7/23/2023]
Concerning unemployment insurance benefits for apprenticeship program participants.
• Requires the Employment Security Department to convene a work group for the purpose of identifying and addressing legal and procedural barriers faced by eligible claimants participating in apprenticeship programs.
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last update: 2023-04-18

HB 1106
Qualifications for Unemployment Insurance voluntary leave
[Effective date 7/23/2023]
Concerning qualifications for unemployment insurance when an individual voluntarily leaves work.
AN ACT Relating to qualifications for unemployment insurance when an individual voluntarily leaves work; amending RCW 50.20.050 and 0.29.021; adding a new section to chapter 50.04 RCW; and creating a new section.
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last update: 2023-05-10


Wages and Hours
HB 1217
Wage Complaints
[Effective date 7/23/2023]
Concerning wage complaints.
• Authorizes the Department of Labor and Industries (Department) to demand interest on wages owed when a wage complaint is filed, and prohibits the Department from waiving or reducing the interest unless the employee requests a waiver or reduction.
• Requires the Department to convene a work group to develop strategies on eliminating wage theft and providing relief to workers, including creating a wage recovery fund.

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last update: 2023-05-10

HB 1905
Protected Classes in WA equal pay and opportunities act
[Effective date 7/1/2025]
Including protected classes in the Washington equal pay and opportunities act
It is a violation of the EPOA for an employer to discriminate in compensation or career advancement opportunities against similarly employed employees based on the employee's membership in a protected class. A person may bring a claim under the EPOA based on the person's membership in more than one protected class.
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last update: 2024-04-17


Workers Compensation
SB 5454
(HB 1593)
Register Nurses Insurance Coverage
[Effective date 1/1/2024]
Concerning industrial insurance coverage for posttraumatic stress disorders affecting registered nurses.
• Provides for a rebuttable presumption that posttraumatic stress disorder is an occupational disease under workers' compensation for direct care registered nurses covered.
• Allows the presumption to be rebutted by clear and convincing evidence.

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last update: 2023-05-18

SB 6069
(HB 2244)
Accrued Leave for Construction Workers
[Effective date 6/6/2024*]
Improving retirement security for Washingtonians by establishing Washington saves, an automatic enrollment individual retirement savings account program, and updating the Washington retirement marketplace statute.
Improving retirement security for Washingtonians by establishing Washington saves, an automatic enrollment individual retirement savings account program, and updating the Washington retirement marketplace statute. Revised for 1st Substitute: Improving retirement security for Washingtonians by establishing Washington saves, an automatic enrollment individual retirement savings account program, and updating the Washington retirement marketplace statute. (REVISED FOR ENGROSSED: Improving private Washington workforce retirement security standards by establishing Washington saves, an automatic enrollment individual retirement savings account program, and updating the Washington retirement marketplace statute.)
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last update: 2024-04-17

SB 6069
(HB 2244)
Accrued Leave for Construction Workers
[Effective date 6/6/2024*]
Improving retirement security for Washingtonians by establishing Washington saves, an automatic enrollment individual retirement savings account program, and updating the Washington retirement marketplace statute. Revised for 1st Substitute: Improvin
Improving retirement security for Washingtonians by establishing Washington saves, an automatic enrollment individual retirement savings account program, and updating the Washington retirement marketplace statute. Revised for 1st Substitute: Improving retirement security for Washingtonians by establishing Washington saves, an automatic enrollment individual retirement savings account program, and updating the Washington retirement marketplace statute. (REVISED FOR ENGROSSED: Improving private Washington workforce retirement security standards by establishing Washington saves, an automatic enrollment individual retirement savings account program, and updating the Washington retirement marketplace statute.)
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last update: 2024-04-17

HB 1521
(SB 5524)
Industrial Insurance
[Effective date 7/1/2024]
Concerning the duties of industrial insurance self-insured employers and third-party administrators.
• Specifies that self-insured employers and third-party administrators have a duty of good faith and fair dealing to workers with respect to all aspects of workers' compensation.
• Requires the Department of Labor and Industries to enforce the duty of good faith and fair dealing.

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last update: 2023-05-18

SB 5368
Expanding access to Stay-at-Work program
Expanding access to the workers' compensation stay-at-work program through off-site light duty return to work opportunities.
• Allows an employer with 100 or fewer employees to offer off-site light duty work to a worker with an established nonprofit organization under the Stay-at-Work Program and to seek reimbursement for certain wages paid the worker and expenditures subject to certain conditions.
• Allows the Department of Labor and Industries or the employee of injury to contract with an established return-to-work employment agency for the purpose of offering the work.

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HB 1558
(SB 5084)
Creating a Separate Fund
Creating a separate fund for the purposes of self-insured pensions and assessments.
• Creates the Self-Insurance Reserve Fund for payments from self-insured employers related to workers' compensation pensions and from the Overpayments Reimbursement Fund.
• Allows the State Investment Board to invest any excess amounts in the Self-Insurance Reserve Fund.
• Provides that the Second Injury Fund will retain its proportionate share of earnings in the fund held by the State Treasurer's Office.

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SB 5368
Expanding stay-at-work program
Expanding access to the workers\' compensation stay-at-work program through off-site light duty return to work opportunities.
• Allows an employer with 100 or fewer employees to offer off-site light duty work to a worker with an established nonprofit organization under the Stay-at-Work Program and to seek reimbursement for certain wages paid the worker and expenditures subject to certain conditions.
• Allows the Department of Labor and Industries or the employee of injury to contract with an established return-to-work employment agency for the purpose of offering the work.

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HB 1068
(SB 5212)
Injured workers' rights and medical examinations
[Effective date 7/23/2023]
Concerning injured workers' rights during compelled medical examinations.
Allows an injured worker to make an audio and video recording of an independent medical examination, and to have one person of the worker's choosing present during the examination.
Link to Bill
last update: 2023-04-29

HB 1137
Equitable access to return-to-work
Creating equitable access to return-to-work opportunities in workers' compensation.
Expands the Stay at Work Program by allowing employers to offer offsite light duty work with third party nonprofit organizations approved by the Department of Labor and Industries.
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2021-22

Child Care
SB 5237
Expanding accessible affordable Child Care
[Effective date 7/25/2021*]
Expanding accessible, affordable child care and early childhood development programs.

Brief Summary of Engrossed Second Substitute Bill (As Amended By House)

  • Establishes a new account for child care and early learning purposes and includes a nonexhaustive list of spending goals and strategies.

  • Expands eligibility and decreases copayments in the Working Connections Child Care Program and expands eligibility in the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program.

  • Provides for increased rates, training, grants, supports, and services for child care and early learning providers.

  • Increases supports for families of children from birth to age 3, as well as for providers.


Link to Bill
last update: 2022-12-04

HB 1331
Early learning facility impact fees
[Effective date 7/25/2021]
Concerning early learning facility impact fees.

Brief Summary of Substitute Bill

  • Provides that development of an early learning facility qualifies as a development activity with a broad public purpose for potential impact fee exemptions.

  • Allows an early learning facility to be exempted from up to 80 percent of impact fees without the local government being required to pay the impact fees from public funds other than the impact fee account.

  • Allows an early learning facility to be exempted from 100 percent of impact fees without the local government being required to pay the impact fees from public funds other than the impact fee account, if the developer records a covenant requiring that at least 25 percent of the children and families using the early learning facility will qualify for state subsidized child care, and that provides for payment of at least a portion of an applicable impact fee if the covenant is violated or if the facility is converted to another use.


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last update: 2022-12-04

SB 5151
Child Care licenses
[Effective date 7/25/2021*]
Concerning foster care and child care licensing by the department of children, youth, and families.
  • Makes an outdoor nature-based child care pilot program permanent and adds this program to various provisions.

  • Amends provisions related to child care licensing including the definition of seasonal camps, programs in private schools, background check submissions, and an internal review process.

  • Makes changes to foster care licensing including creating a child-specific license and amending the definition of a qualified residential treatment program.

  • Prohibits the secretary of the Department of Children, Youth, and Families from charging fees to the licensee for obtaining a child care license until June 30, 2023.


Link to Bill
last update: 2022-12-04


Consumer Protection
SSB 5025
Consumer protection act
[Effective date 7/25/2021]
Concerning the consumer protection improvement act.

Brief Summary of Substitute Bill (As Amended By House)

  • Increases the maximum civil penalties for a violation of the Consumer Protection Act.

  • Establishes an enhanced civil penalty for unlawful acts or practices targeting specific individuals or communities based on demographic characteristics.

  • Provides civil penalty actions are exempt from limitations restricting the time in which the action must be brought by the state.

  • Requires the Office of the Attorney General to regularly evaluate civil penalty levels and provide the Legislature with a report.


Link to Bill
last update: 2022-04-13


Employment and Employees
2SHB 1751
Hazing prevention
[Effective date 6/9/2022]
Concerning hazing prevention and reduction at institutions of higher education.
• Expands the definition of hazing.
• Requires each institution of higher education to prohibit hazing both on and off campus.
• Requires each institution of higher education to provide students with an educational program on hazing as part of new student orientation.
• Requires each institution of higher education to publicly report actual findings of hazing violations.

Link to Bill
last update: 2022-04-14

ESHB 1795
Nondisclosure/illegal acts
[Effective date 6/9/2022]
Prohibiting nondisclosure and nondisparagement provisions from employers regarding illegal acts of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour violations, and sexual assault.
• Makes void and unenforceable provisions in agreements between an employer and employee that prohibit the disclosure of conduct that is illegal discrimination, harassment, retaliation, a wage and hour violation, or sexual assault, or that is against a clear mandate of public policy, occurring in the workplace.
• Repeals the statute prohibiting nondisclosure agreements regarding sexual harassment and sexual assault occurring in the workplace.

Link to Bill
last update: 2022-04-14

E2SSB 5600
Apprenticeship programs
[Effective date 6/9/2022*]
Concerning the sustainability and expansion of state registered apprenticeship programs.
• Requires the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council (Council) to establish industry sector-based platforms that promote industry review and collaboration for existing and newly registered apprenticeship programs.
• Requires the Governor to establish a committee to develop apprenticeship programs for state agencies.
• Requires apprenticeship programs seeking approval from the Council to provide an assessment for future sustainability and for the Council to consider additional factors in application reviews. Requires the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) to establish grant programs.
• Requires the L&I to conduct an apprentice retention study and an assessment of apprenticeship utilization in the private sector and in rural areas.
• Requires the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to submit two studies: one on a high school career pathways day and one on identifying career and technical education that could become registered pre-apprenticeship programs.

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last update: 2022-04-14

SSB 5555
Safety telecommunicators
[Effective date 6/9/2022]
Concerning public safety telecommunicators.
• Establishes a Certification Board (Board) in the state Enhanced 911 Coordination Office (Office) to create a certification and training program for public safety telecommunicators throughout the state.
• Requires the Office to provide staff support and assistance to the Board.

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last update: 2022-04-14

ESSB 5761
Wage and salary information.
[Effective date 1/1/2023]
Concerning employer requirements for providing wage and salary information to applicants for employment.
• Requires employers with 15 or more employees to disclose salary information and a description of expected benefits in job postings.
Link to Bill
last update: 2022-04-14

ESSB 5115
Health emergency/labor
[Effective date 5/11/2021]
Establishing health emergency labor standards.

Brief Summary of Engrossed Substitute Bill (As Amended By House)

  • Creates an occupational disease presumption, for the purposes of workers' compensation, for frontline employees during a public health emergency.

  • Requires certain employers to notify the Department of Labor and Industries when 10 or more employees have tested positive for the infectious disease during a public health emergency.

  • Requires employers to provide written notice to employees of potential exposure to the infectious disease during a public health emergency.

  • Prohibits discrimination against high-risk employees who seek accommodations or use leave options.


Link to Bill
last update: 2022-04-14

HB 1097
Increasing Worker Protections
[Effective date 7/25/2021*]
Increasing worker protections.

Brief Summary of Engrossed Substitute Bill

  • Establishes statutory procedures for an employer to contest an order of immediate restraint (OIR) and appeal alleged violations of the OIR, and authorizes the imposition of daily civil penalties.

  • Amends the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act's antiretaliation provision by explicitly prohibiting acts that would deter a reasonable employee from exercising their rights, and by expanding the time for filing a complaint, authorizing civil penalties, and making other changes.

  • Creates a grant program to assist small businesses in equipment purchases or capital costs during a state of emergency proclamation.


Link to Bill
last update: 2022-12-04

HB 1206
Protecting Temporary Workers
[Effective date 7/25/2021]
Protecting temporary workers.

Brief Summary of Substitute Bill

• Establishes specific standards under the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act for staffing agencies and worksite employers regarding training, assessing hazards, sharing information, and other requirements.


Link to Bill
last update: 2022-12-04


Holidays and Observances
HB 1016
Making Juneteenth a legal holiday
[Effective date 7/25/2021]
Concerning workers' compensation claim resolution settlement agreements.

Brief Summary of Bill

• Designates June 19, recognized as Juneteenth, as a state legal holiday.


Link to Bill
last update: 2022-12-04


Labor Relations
ESHB 2124
Leg. collective bargaining
[Effective date 6/9/2022*]
Concerning extending collective bargaining to legislative employees.
• Creates the Office of State Legislative Labor Relations (OSLLR) to conduct labor negotiations on behalf of the Legislature as employer of legislative employees.
• Requires the OSLLR to study and report on options for the Legislature to implement collective bargaining for legislative employees.
• Requires collective bargaining with legislative employees to begin no earlier than May 1, 2024, with the first agreements taking effect no sooner than July 1, 2025.
• Permits legislative employees to organize and bargain collectively, but also have the right to refrain from any or all such activities.
• Specifies unfair labor practices for the employer and employee representatives in legislative bargaining relationships.
• Specifies that if Legislative policies regarding wages, hours, and terms of conditions of employment conflict with a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) provision, the CBA prevails, except for code of conduct policies.

Link to Bill
last update: 2022-04-14


Long-Term Services and Support (LTSS) Trust Act
ESHB 1733
exemption for LTSS Trust Act
[Effective date 1/27/2022]
Establishing voluntary exemptions to the long-term services and supports trust program for certain populations.
• Establishes exemptions from the payment of premiums under the Long- Term Services and Supports Trust Program for certain veterans, spouses and registered domestic partners of military service members, nonimmigrant temporary workers, and employees who work in Washington and maintain a primary residence outside of Washington.

Voluntary exemptions from the payment of premiums under the Long-Term Services and Supports Trust Program (Trust Program) are established for employees in one of four categories (military, spouse of military, nonimmigrant visa, permanent residence outside of WA).

Link to Bill
last update: 2022-11-01

SHB 1323
deadlines LTSS Trust Act
[Effective date 7/25/2021]
Concerning the long-term services and supports trust program.

Brief Summary of Substitute Bill

  • Requires that self-employed persons who wish to elect coverage under the Long-Term Services and Supports Trust Program (Trust Program) exercise that option by January 1, 2025, or within three years of becoming self-employed for the first time.

  • Authorizes federally recognized tribes to elect to collect the premium assessment for their employees under the Trust Program.


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last update: 2022-11-01

SHB 1732
delaying LTSS Trust Act
[Effective date 1/27/2022]
Delaying the implementation of the long-term services and supports trust program by 18 months.

Brief Summary of Substitute Bill

  • Delays the collection of premium assessments under the Long-Term Services and Supports Trust Program (Trust Program) until July 1, 2023.

  • Delays the availability of approved services under the Trust Program until July 1, 2026.

  • Allows persons born before January 1, 1968, who do not meet the 10- year minimum for paying Trust Program premiums to receive partial benefits based on the number of years of premium payments.


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last update: 2022-11-01

HB 1073
Expanding PFML
[Effective date 4/16/2021]
Expanding coverage of the paid family and medical leave program.
• Provides grants to certain employees ineligible for paid family and medical leave benefits due to insufficient hours worked.
• Provides grants to smaller employers with employees taking leave in receipt of a grant

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last update: 2022-12-04

SB 5097
Expanding PFML
[Effective date 7/25/2021]
Expanding coverage of the paid family and medical leave program.
• Expands the definition of family member in the Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program.
• Requires the Employment Security Department to collect and analyze data and submit reports to the Legislature with certain information regarding the PFML program. • Requires the General Fund to cover certain additional leave expenses.

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last update: 2022-11-01

HB 1087
Clarifying PFML
[Effective date 4/16/2021]
Clarifying the continuity of employee family and medical leave rights.
• Specifies that the Family Leave Act as it existed prior to January 1, 2020, applies to valid claims based on conduct before that date and the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act applies to claims after that date.
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last update: 2022-11-01


Payroll & Benefits
SB 5873
(HB 2031)
Unemployment insurance
[Effective date 3/11/2022]
Concerning unemployment insurance, family leave, and medical leave premiums.
• Decreases the maximum Unemployment Insurance (UI) social cost factor for 2022 and 2023.
• Sets a maximum UI rate class for the purposes of the percentage of the social cost factor to be paid by small businesses in 2023.

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last update: 2022-04-14

2SSB 5649
Family and medical leave
[Effective date 6/9/2022*]
Modifying the Washington state paid family and medical leave act.
• Provides that an allowable purpose for family leave is any leave taken by an employee during the seven calendar days following the death of the family member for whom the employee would have qualified to take medical leave for the birth of their child or would have qualified for family bonding leave.
• Specifies that leave taken by certain employees in the first six weeks after giving birth must be medical leave unless the employee chooses to use family leave.
• Expires the collective bargaining agreement exception contained in the Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program.
• Requires the Employment Security Department to publish a list of employers with approved voluntary plans on its website.
• Contains provisions on short- and long-term actuarial services assessing the financial condition of the PFML program to maintain financial stability of the family and medical leave insurance account.
• Creates a legislative task force on PFML program premiums and requires a Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee report.

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last update: 2022-04-14


Public Employees
SB 5021
Retirement Benefits
[Effective date 7/25/2021]
An act relating to the effect of expenditure reduction efforts on retirement benefits for public employees, including those participating in the shared work program.
• Provides that specified public pensions will not be reduced as a result of compensation reductions that are part of a public employer's expenditure reduction efforts during the 2019-2021 and 2021-23 fiscal biennia.
• Provides that the pension benefit of an employee covered by a pension system that is administered by the Department of Retirement Systems is not reduced as a result of participation in an unemployment insurance shared work program, retroactive to July 28, 2013.

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last update: 2022-11-01

SB 5021
Retirement Benefits
[Effective date 7/25/2021]
An act relating to the effect of expenditure reduction efforts on retirement benefits for public employees, including those participating in the shared work program.
• Provides that specified public pensions will not be reduced as a result of compensation reductions that are part of a public employer\'s expenditure reduction efforts during the 2019-2021 and 2021-23 fiscal biennia.
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last update: 2022-11-01


Public Recs/Disclosure
SSB 5564
Employee assistance programs
[Effective date 6/9/2]
Protecting the confidentiality of employees using employee assistance programs.
Prohibits employers from obtaining individually identifiable information regarding an employee's participation in an employee assistance program.
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last update: 2022-04-14


Sports and Recreation
SB 5615
Pickleball as an Official State Sport
[Effective date 6/9/2022]
Designates pickleball as the official state sport.
The sport of pickleball was created in 1965 on Bainbridge Island by Joel McFee Pritchard, who went on to be elected lieutenant governor and member of Congress for Washington, along with two of his friends, Bill Bell and Barney McCallum
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last update: 2022-11-01


Unemployment Compensation
SB 5061
(HB 1098)
Unemployment Insurance
[Effective date 2/8/2021]
Concerning unemployment insurance.

Brief Summary of Engrossed Substitute Bill

  • Limits unemployment insurance rate increases by: (1) capping the social tax; (2) suspending the solvency surcharge tax; and (3) relieving certain benefit charges.

  • Increases access to benefits by: (1) expanding eligibility for those in high-risk households; and (2) waiving the waiting period when federally reimbursed.

  • Modifies weekly benefit amount thresholds by: (1) increasing the minimum from 15 to 20 percent of the average weekly wage; and (2) limiting benefits to a person's weekly wage.

  • Ends deductions of lump sum pensions from weekly benefit amounts.

  • Modifies the voluntary contribution and shared work programs, and certain training eligibility.


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last update: 2022-12-04

HB 1493
Job search monitoring
[Effective date 4/16/2021]
Concerning job search monitoring.

Brief Summary of Substitute Bill

• Provides the Employment Security Department discretion, for a limited time, regarding the type of job search evidence required from claimants collecting unemployment insurance benefits.


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last update: 2022-12-04


Wages and Hours
HB 1122
2023 - Retirement for State Guard members
[Effective date 6/9/2022]
Concerning the retirement age for state guard members.
• Eliminates the age restriction for enlistment with the Washington State Guard. • Allows the Adjutant General to extend the service age of an active member of the Washington State Guard under certain conditions.
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last update: 2022-11-01

ESSB 5172
(HB 1217)
Agricultural overtime
[Effective date 7/25/2021]
Concerning the retroactivity of overtime claims in exceptional cases.

Brief Summary of Engrossed Substitute Bill (As Amended By House)

  • Phases in overtime pay requirements for certain agricultural employees as follows: (1) beginning January 1, 2022, after 55 hours; (2) beginning January 1, 2023, after 48 hours; and (3) beginning January 1, 2024, after 40 hours.

  • Prohibits the award of damages or other relief to certain agricultural employees seeking unpaid overtime under the overtime statute as it existed on November 4, 2020, and applies the prohibition retroactively.


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last update: 2022-04-14

ESSB 5355
(HB 1369)
Wage Liens
[Effective date 1/1/2022]
Establishing wage liens.

Brief Summary of Engrossed Substitute Bill

  • Creates a statutory wage lien for claims on unpaid wages.

  • Creates procedures for establishing, foreclosing, extinguishing, and prioritizing wage liens.


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last update: 2022-04-14


Workers Compensation
SB 5190
Providing for Health Care Workers
[Effective date 5/11/2021]
Providing health care workers with presumptive benefits during a public health emergency.

Brief Summary of Engrossed First Substitute Bill

  • Makes health care employees who left work to quarantine during a public health emergency eligible for unemployment insurance benefits.

  • Provides that misconduct for unemployment insurance purposes does not include entering quarantine or contracting the disease that is the subject of a public health emergency.

  • Provides presumptive workers' compensation coverage for health care employees who are in quarantine or contract the disease that is the subject of a public health emergency.


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last update: 2022-12-04

SB 5046
Workers Compensation claims
[Effective date 4/16/2021]
Concerning workers' compensation claim resolution settlement agreements.

Brief Summary of Bill

  • Amends the workers' compensation claim resolution structured settlement provisions to allow for settlements to be paid in a single lump sum.

  • Requires the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals to provide copies of all final claim resolution settlement agreements to the Department of Labor and Industries.


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last update: 2022-12-04


Workforce Training
HB 2019
Careers in Retail
[Effective date 6/9/2022]
Increasing educational and training opportunities for careers in retail.
• Requires the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board (Workforce Board), with certain stakeholders, to identify certain skills and educational needs and gaps for retail workers.
• Requires the Workforce Board and certain stakeholders to make recommendations to the Legislature on developing credentials, and creating educational and career opportunities, for retail workers.
• Requires the Workforce Board to submit reports to the Legislature.

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last update: 2022-11-01