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Workers in the state of Washington are about to get a new benefit. Starting January 1, the state will require all employers to provide paid sick leave.

It’s part of a law passed by voters in 2016 that also raises the state’s minimum wage.

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Washington voters could decide in November on a combined minimum wage and sick leave measure . A union-backed campaign calling itself “Raise Up Washington” filed an initiative Monday to raise the state’s base wage to $13.50 an hour by 2020.

Paid Sick Leave Set To Go Statewide In Oregon

Dec 15, 2015
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More Oregon employees will be able to take sick leave in the coming year. It's because of a new law taking effect in January.

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown on Monday celebrated a bill to require most employers to provide paid sick leave.

Oregon Governor To Sign Statewide Sick Leave Law

Jul 10, 2015
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Oregon Governor Kate Brown will sign a set of bills Monday passed by the Legislature this session.

Paid Sick Leave Bill Advances In Oregon Legislature

Jun 10, 2015
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Oregon lawmakers are advancing a measure that would require many employers to offer paid sick leave.

Paid Sick Time Stalls In Oregon Legislature

May 26, 2015
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Supporters of a proposal to extend paid sick time to most Oregon workers say the legislation has stalled.

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A measure that would require many Oregon employers to provide paid sick leave is poised to advance in Salem.


Paid sick leave and a boost in the minimum wage are among the top priorities of organized labor in Washington state this year.

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Oregon's second-largest city could be the next place to mandate employer-provided sick leave. The Eugene City Council Wednesday voted to direct city staff to draw up an ordinance that would take effect next year.

Washington Senate Approves Limiting Sick Leave

Mar 12, 2013

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington Senate moved Monday to limit the reach of Seattle’s pioneering paid sick leave law. In 2011, the city council voted to require all companies that do business in Seattle to offer paid sick leave. But in Olympia, the state Senate approved a measure to limit the benefit only to those companies and workers based almost all the time within the city limits.

State Sen. David Frockt from Seattle complained the bill is an attack on local control.