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Minimum Employment Standards

Tacoma has two laws related to working conditions: paid leave and minimum wage.  


The Paid Leave Ordinance took effect on February 1, 2016, allowing Tacoma workers to earn paid time off from work for reasons related to health, safety, and family care. 

In November 2015, voters approved Tacoma’s second city employment standard: A $12 per hour minimum wage to be phased in over two years.  As a result of this ballot initiative, the Tacoma minimum wage increased to $10.35 per hour on February 1, 2016.


Employees who will work 80+ hours per year within the city limits of Tacoma (including full-time, part-time, seasonal, and temporary workers) are covered by the city's minimum employment standards. There are no exceptions based on the size of the employer.

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