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SB 6029: Relating to establishing a living wage

SB 6029 prevents a city, town, county or port district from requiring, enforcing, or regulating by means of charter, ordinance, rule, resolution or contract (including purchase agreement) private employers’ payment of wages, hours of work, employee retention, or leave from employment. Any such provisions or terms may not be adopted or agreed to and are preempted and unenforceable.

The bill amends the states’ establishment of a minimum wage with the intent for employees to earn a wage that allows them to take care of their families, therefore, not rely on state social services. On September 30, 2016, and every September 30th thereafter, the department of labor and industries will calculate a current adjusted minimum wage rate by calculating the rate of inflation. Each adjusted minimum wage rate takes effect the following January 1st. Beginning January 1, 2016 and every January 1st thereafter, every employer cannot pay their adult employees (18 years and older) less than that adjusted minimum wage.

Also, the tax amount has changed for retail businesses to equal the gross proceeds of sales, multiplied by the rate of 0.471% until June 30, 2023; 0.424% beginning July 1, 2025; 0.377% beginning July 1, 2027; 0.330% beginning July 1, 2029; and thereafter 0.2904% beginning July 1, 2030. This bill also changes the tax payment schedule. This act is to be voted on at the next general election.