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Seattle announces higher minimum wage in January

The Seattle Office of Labor Standards has announced new minimum hourly payment levels for workers beginning in January.

Pay will be $16 an hour for companies employing more than 500 workers worldwide beginning January 1, 2019. The two-tiered payment system that allowed employers who contributed to individual medical benefits to pay less than those that did not ends in 2019.

Employers with 500 or fewer employees must pay at least $15 an hour starting January 1. Small employers can meet this requirement by paying not less than $12 an hour in wages while contributing at least $3 per hour toward an employee’s medical benefits and/or reported tips.

Further details can be found on the OLS website.

Source: Office of Labor Standards

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