The Washington Supreme Court ruled that Washington law requires agricultural employers to pay piece workers a separate hourly wage for time spent performing "activities outside the scope of piece-rate picking work." Sarah Wixson explains what ag employers should do next.
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On January 1, 2018, Washington state's new I-1433 paid sick-leave requirements will take effect. Sarah Wixson and Erika Hartliep explain what employers need to know.
The Washington Department of Labor and Industries announced that piece rate workers who earn a nondiscretionary bonus are entitled to additional rest break pay. Sarah Wixson explains the impact of this policy and how employers should calculate rest break pay.
The Washington Supreme Court is again being asked to interpret the FLCA in Saucedo v. NW Management and Realty Services. In the Saucedo case, the Court will decide whether a farm management company constitutes a farm labor contractor under the FLCA. Sarah Wixson reviews how a company could be viewed as a farm labor contractor.
The Washington Supreme Court issued a ruling in Demetrio v. Sakuma requiring employers to provide paid rest breaks to piece rate workers. This ruling has enormous implications on the wage and rest break practices of all employers with employees paid by the piece or by production and take effect immediately.
Under Washington state law, business owners and managers can be held personally liable for perpetuating or failing to remedy discrimination, harassment or retaliation. Sarah Wixson defines what these terms mean and offers best practices owners and managers can implement immediately. (5:50)