Washington’s New Equal Pay Act

dollar bills symbolize the Washington Equal Pay ActWashington State has recently updated its Equal Pay and Opportunities Act. This update was passed to promote business transparency and to lessen wage discrimination.

Under the equal pay act, as of July 28, 2019, Washington State employers are prohibited from asking potential employees about their wage or salary history during the job application process. This applies to all employers, regardless of the size of their business.

The new law also requires employers with 15 or more employees to provide payscale information when making an offer to a potential new employee, and to all current employees transferring to a different position, upon request. If no wage scale or salary range exist for a particular position, an employer must provide the minimum wage or salary expectation set by the employer before posting the position, making a position transfer, or making the promotion.

Additionally, Washington State employers cannot prohibit employees from discussing their wages or the compensation of other employees. As a result, existing wage non-disclosure agreements or clauses in employment agreements are now void.

Changes in Washington State employment law may require changes to a business legal documents, including employee handbooks, employment contracts, and confidentiality agreements. Limitless Law PLLC is here to help if you have any legal questions about the Washington state equal pay act or would like an attorney to review your legal documents. Give us a call at 360-685-0145 to see how we can help.