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Seattle Enacts Gig Worker Premium Pay Ordinance During COVID-19 Crisis

The Seattle City Council has enacted the Premium Pay for Gig Workers Ordinance, which temporarily provides premium pay to “gig workers” for online food delivery network companies with at least 250 gig workers worldwide.

Seattle Enacts Gig Worker Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance During COVID-19 Crisis

The Seattle City Council has enacted the Paid Sick and Safe Time for Gig Workers Ordinance, which temporarily provides paid sick and safe time (PSST) to “gig workers” for online-based food delivery network companies and drivers of transportation network companies with 250 or more gig workers worldwide

Washington: Proclamation Extending Time Period for High-Risk Employee Job Protection

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has issued a new Proclamation that extends until 11:59 p.m. on August 1, 2020, the job protections in place for “high-risk” Washington employees. The job protections were to expire at 11:59 p.m. on June 12, 2020, under the previous Proclamation.

Seattle Passes Ordinance Providing COVID-19 Paid Sick and Safe Time for Gig Workers

On June 1, 2020, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed an ordinance temporarily requiring certain companies that rely on “gig economy” workers to provide paid sick and safe time to those workers for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency. The ordinance, which now heads to Mayor Jenny Durkan for her consideration, is intended to “reduce the risk of gig workers working while sick and spreading illness,” during the pandemic. The ordinance’s effective date will be 30 days after the mayor approves it, or, if the mayor does not approve and return it within 10 days of presentation, the effective date will be 45 days after the city council’s passage.

Washington State Reopens for Business with New Policies, Procedures, and Protective Equipment

Washington’s COVID-19 reopening guidance is constantly developing. As the state’s reopening plan continues to unfold, employers are encouraged to visit the governor’s website and consult knowledgeable counsel to ensure compliance with the most up-to-date requirements and guidance.

Washington D.C. Significantly Overhauls its Data Breach Notification Law

In the midst of COVID-19 challenges, privacy and security matters continue to be at the forefront for federal and state legislature. In late March, the Washington D.C. (“D.C.”) legislature amended its data breach notification law, with significant overhauls including expansion of its definition of personal information, updates to notification requirements and new credit monitoring obligations. The Security Breach Protection Amendment Act of 2019, b23-0215, passed the 12-member D.C. Council unanimously and was signed by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on March 26. The new law became effective on May 19, 2020.

Washington State Governor Issues Proclamation Granting “High-Risk” Employees Additional Protections

On April 13, 2020, Washington Governor Inslee issued a proclamation prohibiting employers from engaging in certain employment practices with respect to employees considered high-risk under the proclamation. The proclamation, which remains in effect until 11:59 p.m. on June 12, 2020, requires employers to: (1) utilize all available options for alternative work assignments to protect high-risk workers (e.g., telework, social distancing measures); (2) permit high-risk employees who cannot take advantage of such alternative assignments to use any available employer-granted accrued leave or unemployment insurance in any sequence at the discretion of the employee; (3) fully maintain all employer-related health insurance benefits for employees who have exhausted leave, until they are eligible to return to work; and (4) refrain from taking adverse employment action against an employee for exercising their rights.

Washington: Proclamation Extending Job Protections to High-Risk Employees during COVID-19 Crisis

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has issued a Proclamation extending various job protections to “high-risk” Washington employees. The Proclamation protects (1) any individual aged 65 or older, (2) anyone living in a nursing home or long-term care facility, and (3) those with “certain chronic underlying health conditions.”

Washington State Extends Stay Home Proclamation to May 4, 2020

ashington State Governor Jay Inslee has issued a new Proclamation extending his previous Stay Home – Stay Healthy Proclamation that restricted certain social and recreational activities, closed non-essential businesses, and required social distancing at essential businesses.

Washington Amends its Paid Family and Medical Leave Act

On March 26, 2020, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law amendments to the Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave Act. The significant changes are as follows:
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