Seattle released a revised minimum wage notice (effective January 1, 2016) with new rate increases for large and small employers.
Seattle’s new minimum wage rate for employers with 500 or more employers increased to $13 per hour – if the employer doesn’t pay towards workers’ medical benefits.
The City’s revised posting attempts to make the minimum wage requirements clear based on the size of the employer, if they subsidize medical benefits, and whether workers earn tips at businesses with 500 or fewer employees.
The new rates take effect January 1, 2016, and the revised posting is required for all employers with employees in Seattle.
Seattle Minimum Wage: A Brief History
Beginning April 1, 2015, Seattle minimum wage workers received $11 per hour, and the wage will increase in stages to $15 per hour in 2017 (for employers with more than 500 employees) and 2019 (for employers with fewer than 500 employees). The rate amount also depends on whether the employer offers health care coverage.
The posting will be revised annually with the latest scheduled increases.
What Is the 2016 Seattle Minimum Wage?
The Seattle minimum wage rate is determined by three factors:
- The number of employees employed by a business.
- Whether the employer pays towards medical benefits.
- Whether the employee of a Small Employer earns tips.