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 4, 2018, the prevailing wage rate to be paid to H-2A workers increases to $14.12 per hour in Washington. Erika Hartliep explains employers' requirements for hiring H-2A workers.
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 Stokes Lawrence Velikanje Moore & Shore Agriculture practice offers guidance for employers facing potential immigration raids.
On November 22, 2016, a federal judge in Texas granted a nationwide preliminary injunction that prevents new Department of Labor overtime rules from going into effect on December 1. Krista Nelson explains what employers should do now.
On November 8, 2016, Washington voters approved mandatory sick leave for employees and a statewide minimum wage increase. Initiative 1433 passed with a 59 percent voter approval rate, according to the most recent election tally, and will require many Washington employers to make significant changes. Krista Nelson explains what steps employers should take to prepare for these changes.