Who Must Post the “Your Rights As A Worker” Workplace Posting?
Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 296-126-080 requires any person, firm, corporation, partnership, business trust, legal representative, or other business entity which engages in any business, industry, profession, or activity in the state of Washington and employs one or more employees to keep posted a current copy of the Washington State “Your Rights as a Worker” workplace posting describing labor standards for the protection and welfare of employees in all occupations. The posting must be displayed in a readily accessible location and within plain view in each work site where an employee or employees are employed.
Employer’s that have an existing Washington State All-On-One™ Labor Law Poster can ensure compliance with posting responsibilities using the “Your Rights as a Worker” Peel ‘N Post™ sticker. The 2019 “Your Rights as a Worker” Peel ‘N Post sticker is formatted to fit neatly over the outdated posting on your All-On-One poster. Simply peel the backing off the sticker and press to the poster. The Peel ‘N Post leaves a neat, virtually seamless finish. It’s the easiest and most economical way to update!
What’s New to the “Your Rights as a Worker” Posting?
The 2019 version of the “Your Rights as a Worker” posting clarifies existing standards and adds two new sections describing the recent Equal Pay Opportunity Act (EPOA) (2018 HB 1506) and the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFML) (2017 SB 5975). Highlights of the posting changes include:
- Meal and Rest Breaks – Text added explaining that agricultural workers are entitled to a second 30-minute meal period after 11 hours.
- Pay Requirements – A new section added describing the EPOA. Under the law, “similarly employed” employees may not be paid unequal wages or provided disparate career advancement opportunities based on gender. In addition, employees have the right to disclose and discuss wages with other employees. Employers may not take adverse action against employees for exercising their rights under the law. The URL for the state’s Equal Pay web page is provided.
- Paid Sick Leave – Minor text edit clarifying that employees may carry over unused paid sick leave to the next year and informing employees where they can find additional details about the law on the web.
- Washington Family Leave Act – Minor text edit explaining meaning of the acronym FMLA.
- Leave for Domestic Violence – Text added explaining that employers are required to provide reasonable accommodations to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.
- Paid Family and Medical Leave – New section added detailing the PFML. The law provides employees with up to 12 weeks paid leave:
- To bond with a new child
- For their own serious illness or injury
- To care for relative with a serious illness
- For certain military connected events
The program is funded by premiums paid by both employers and employees. Premium collection began Jan. 1, 2019. Employees can begin exercising benefits on Jan. 1, 2020.
- Teen Corner – Revised to clarify that teens are required to have work authorization forms signed before they begin working. Provides the name of the form parents must sign for their teen’s summer employment.