Washington Minimum Wage Laws

Washington Minimum Wage Laws Federal minimum wage law is governed by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The current federal minimum wage rate is $7.25 per hour for nonexempt employees. The Washington Minimum Wage Act (WMWA) complements federal law and, in some cases, prescribes more stringent or additional requirements that employers in the state must follow. Whenever state and federal laws are different, the law that is more favorable to the employee applies. The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I)…

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Rhode Island Minimum Wage will Increase by 2025

Rhode Island Minimum Wage Rate Set to Increase to $15 by 2025 Rhode Island has amended its minimum wage law to raise the state’s minimum wage rate to $15 per hour by Jan. 1, 2025. Rhode Island Minimum Wage Rate The current minimum wage rate in Rhode Island is $11.50 per hour. Under state law, employers must pay their employees a wage rate that is at least equal to the state’s minimum wage rate. The minimum wage rate in Rhode Island will…

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Which Federal Employment Laws Apply to My Company?

Which Federal Employment Laws Apply to My Company There are a number of different federal employment laws that have their own rules for covered employers. Employers should be aware of the federal employment laws that may apply to their company. An employer’s size, or number of employees, is a key factor in determining which federal employment laws the employer must comply with. Some federal laws, such as the Equal Pay Act (EPA), apply to all employers, regardless of size. However, other laws,…

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State Disability Insurance Laws

State Disability Insurance Laws Only a few states require employers to provide disability insurance coverage to employees for non-work-related illnesses or injuries. Currently, there are state-mandated disability insurance requirements in California, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Disability insurance provides wage replacement benefits for employees who are unable to perform their jobs due to non-job-related illnesses or injuries. While most states do not require employers to provide disability insurance coverage for their employees, there are currently five states that require…

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Outsourcing COBRA Administration

The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) is a federal law that provides for the temporary extension of employer-sponsored group health coverage for employees and their family members (qualified beneficiaries) in certain situations. COBRA coverage is available when qualifying events occur, such as termination of employment or divorce. Due to the complexities of the law and potentially serious consequences for mistakes or violations, many employers outsource COBRA administration to a third-party administrator (TPA). Reasons to Outsource COBRA Administration COBRA’s complex rules and…

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