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Paid Family & Medical Leave

Short Summary

Starting in 2020, Washington will be the fifth state to offer paid family and medical leave benefits to workers. This is an insurance program that will allow workers to take up 12 to 18 weeks for certain family or medical emergencies, if they meet the requirements. The implementation of this insurance program will go through six separate phases. On January 1, 2019, premiums will begin – for both the employer and the employee. On January 1, 2020, employees may begin filing for benefits from the insurance program.

Phase 1: Voluntary plans, collective bargaining agreements, premium liability

Phase 1 rules are now final.

Phase 2 – Employer responsibilities, penalties and small business assistance

Current Timeline

  • Current formal commenting on the proposed rules: August 17 to October 24, 2018
  • Formal Public Hearings on Phase 2 Proposed Rules
      • October 24, 2018 - Western Washington
      • October 29, 2018 - Eastern Washington 

Phase 3 – Benefit application and Benefit Eligibility

Current Timeline

      • September 12, 2018 - Draft #1 of Proposed Rules posted
      • September 18, 2018 - First Stakeholder Meeting
      • October 25, 2018 - Draft #2 of Proposed Rules posted
      • November 2, 2018 - Second Stakeholder Meeting
      • January 3, 2019 - File Proposed Rules  (CR 102)
      • March 22, 2019 - File Proposed Rules (CR 103)
      • April 2019 - Rules Take Effect 

Phase 4 – Continuation of Benefits and Fraud

      • Phase 4 is slated to begin in Mid-2019

Phase 5 – Job Protection, Benefit Overpayments, & Miscellaneous

      • No information is available on Phase 5 yet.

Phase 6 – Appeals 

      • No information is available on Phase 6 yet.

Minimum Wage Act Exemptions for Executive, Administrative & Professional Employees

Short Summary

The Washington Minimum Wage Act (MWA) provides that employees must be provided a minimum wage (currently $11.50 an hour), overtime for working above forty hours in a seven-day workweek, and paid seek leave. However,  the MWA exempts certain kinds of employees from its requirements: executive, administrative and professional workers and outside salespersons. The department last updated its rules on the EAP exemptions in 1976. The 1976 rules require most workers to meet a duties test and be paid a minimum salary of at least $250/week to qualify for these exemptions, which equates to a minimum yearly salary of $13,000. The rules governing these exemptions are out of date, and the duties tests may not accurately reflect current expectations of exempt professionals. As a result, rulemaking has been initiated to update these rules.

Important Links

  • For more information on the state’s EAP and Outside Salesperson exemptions, please click here

Current Timeline

  • September 5, 2018 - Deadline for stakeholders to provide feedback regarding rule update draft concepts

Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board

2018 Legislation Implementation Rules - Ancillary Activities

Spirits Distributor License Fees

    • CR 101 - Invitation to discuss rules on this subject

Breweries and Wineries Rules

    • CR 101 - Invitation to discuss rules on this subject

Curbside Grocery Service

Spirits Mini Bottles

ADVISORY FROM:  WA State Agriculture Department

Biodiesel Blends Greater Than Five Percent Biodiesel

The Weights and Measures Program has received questions about the labeling of dispensers offering biodiesel blends of 5 and 20 percent for sale.  These fuel dispensers containing more than five percent biodiesel must be labeled with the capital letter B followed by the numerical value representing the volume percentage of biodiesel fuel and ending with either "biodiesel" or "biodiesel blend".   Blends of biodiesel fuel greater than 5% and up to and including B20 must meet ASTM D7467 standards. Below are two examples of labels that meet state requirements.  Please note that the second label was designed to meet the intent of Federal Trade Commission labeling requirements.   

WA State Compliant         FTC Compliant
Remarks and Contact Information

WSDA will begin rulemaking in mid-2019 and will work to align state requirements with current NIST Handbook 130 and other federal regulations.  The purpose of the labels are to inform motorists of the biodiesel content so they can make informed decisions and to meet the intent of current FTC requirements.

If you are selling biodiesel blends of greater than 20% contact Tim Elliott about labeling requirements. When blends of greater than 20% biodiesel are offered for sale, the diesel fuel used in the blend must meet ASTM D975 standards and the biodiesel blend stock must meet ASTM D6751 standards. 

Requirements for dispenser labeling can be found in RCW 19.112.020 and WAC 16-662-115.

Tim Elliott
WA State Dept of Agriculture
Motor Fuel Quality & Enforcement
Weights and Measures Program
Office 360 902-1984  Cell 360 584-6332

Washington Food Industry Association

P.O. Box 706

1415 Harrison Ave NW, Suite 101

Olympia, WA 98502

Tel: 360-753-5177


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