Updates from the Department of Labor & Industries - 2024 Changes

Updates from the Department of Labor & Industries - 2024 Changes

In our commitment to keeping you informed, we bring to your attention key updates from the Department of Labor & Industries that may impact your operations in 2024.

1. Workers’ Compensation Rate Increase (Average of 4.9% in 2024):

  • Starting January 1, 2024, there will be an average 4.9% increase in workers' compensation insurance premiums.

  • Employers and workers will jointly pay an additional $65 per year for each full-time employee.

To learn more about this please click here.

2. Minimum Wage Increase to $16.28 per hour (Effective Jan. 1, 2024):

  • Washington’s minimum wage is set to rise to $16.28 per hour in 2024, a 3.4% increase over 2023.

  • Workers aged 14 or 15 may be paid 85% of the adult minimum wage, equivalent to $13.84 per hour.

  • The following cities may establish minimum wages higher than the state:

Additional details can be found on their website, providing comprehensive information about overtime, rest breaks, meal periods, and guidance on filing a wage complaint.

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3. Construction Sick Leave Law Takes Effect Jan. 1st:

  1. From January 1, 2024, a new law requires employers with certain construction workers to pay the balance of their sick leave upon separation.

  2. Attend a webinar at the LNI Workshops & Training Center to learn more about the requirements established in ESSB 5111. Search for "Paid Sick Leave Changes for the Construction Industry (5111)" in the event title drop-down menu.

We encourage you to review these updates and take any necessary actions to ensure compliance. If you have any questions or need further assistance, our team is here to support you.

Thank you for your attention to these important matters.