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Tacoma's Minimum Wage will Change in 2018

Throughout 2017, the minimum wage is $11.15 for work performed in Tacoma. Beginning January 1, 2018, the Tacoma minimum wage will increase to $12.00 (2018 Workplace Notice Poster now available).

 

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Tacoma's Paid Sick Leave Will Change in 2018 

Tacoma employers and workers are reaching out to us with questions about the impacts of voter-approved Washington State Initiative 1433, which relates to statewide paid sick leave and minimum wage. In order to align City law with the State's new paid sick leave requirements, amendments to Tacoma Municipal Code (TMC) Chapter 18.10 “Paid Sick Leave” were adopted on September 26, 2017. The amended City law will take effect on January 1, 2018.

 

Weigh in on the City's Paid Sick Leave Rules 

In addition to amending the Tacoma Municipal Code, the City will also be revisiting the paid sick leave rules. The rules provide more detailed guidance on how paid sick leave laws apply in the workplace. Draft rules will be published in early November 2017, and the City will be seeking public feedback on the rules until 4 PM on Friday, December 1, 2017. 

 

We Want to Hear From You: Attend a Public Meeting!

The City will be hosting four public hearings in 2017 to provide information and hear from community members on the draft rules. You can also provide your comments in writing or send them by email until 4 PM on Friday, December 1, 2017. The new rules will take effect on January 1, 2018.

 

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Stay Current on Tacoma Employment Standards News

Any emerging news on City of Tacoma Employment Standards, including updates on the public rules process, will be shared via our e-newsletter. Subscribe to Employment Standards email updates hereOur office is your resource for all questions or concerns related to Tacoma’s Employment Standards. We continue to provide assistance through our websiteby email and by phone at (253) 591-5306.  

 

An Overview of Tacoma's two Employment Standards

The Paid Sick 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 $11.15 per hour on January 1, 2017.

 

Employees who will work more than 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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