The new year brings changes, and more laws at both state and local levels. In Washington, 2021 will bring new wages, a law concerning criminal background checks and new rules to protect orcas.
As we reflect on the year that was 2020 in life, news and sports, take a look at what's to come with these new laws and updated rules.
One of the biggest laws affecting Washingtonians is a pay bump. Starting Jan. 1, the state's minimum wage will tick up from $13.50 an hour to $13.69, according to the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.
After updates to the state overtime rules took effect in July 2020, the department changed how the minimum salary threshold for salaried or overtime exempt employees was determined. For small businesses, one to 50 employees, an employee must earn a yearly salary of at least $42,712.80. For large businesses, 51 or more employees, an employee must earn a yearly salary of at least $49,831.60.
Find more information here: https://www.seattlepi.com/local/seattlenews/article/new-washington-laws-going-into-effect-in-2021-15837377.php