Wage Theft Update

Today we’ve got updates from both sides of the state.

Spokane: The Spokane City Council passed this week tougher laws on employers who steal wages from their employees. “The new law will make it a misdemeanor for employers to violate wage laws and allow the city to deny or revoke business licenses from workplaces violating minimum wage, overtime and other compensation rules,” reported the Spokesman Review. “We can all agree, you should get paid for the work you do,” City Council President Ben Stuckart said. Matthew Folsom, an assistant city attorney who helped craft the law, noted that “[t]he average low-wage worker loses about 15 percent of their earnings each year to wage theft.”

Seattle: The Office of Labor Standards released a dashboard designed to help employers and workers determine whether they are in compliance with the city’s minimum wage and paid sick/safe leave laws.

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