Washington voters said yes to raising their minimum wage for workers.
Voter returns Wednesday afternoon showed 59% of voters approved Initiative 1433, while 40% rejected the measure.
I-1433 will increase the statewide minimum wage from $9.47 to $13.50 per hour by 2020. It also requires employers to provide paid sick leave.
The minimum wage will increase in four segments:
$11 by Jan. 1, 2017
$11.50 by Jan. 1, 2018
$12 by Jan. 1, 2019
$13.50 by Jan. 1 2020
Beginning in 2021, the minimum wage will be adjusted each year based on inflation.
Certain employees, including independent contractors, casual laborers, and some “white collar” professionals are exempt from the new minimum wage requirements..
Some cities, including Seattle and SeaTac have already adopted laws to implement a $15 minimum wage.
The measure would also require that employers offer one hour of paid sick leave for evEarly voter totals show Washington is on course to raise the minimum wage.ery 40 hours worked. There is currently no state law requiring employers to give paid sick leave.