Washington Emergency Closings laws & HR compliance analysis

Washington Emergency Closings: What you need to know

The state requires that employers prohibit employees from entering or remaining in an unsafe workplace (WAC Sec. 296-800-11015).
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Evacuation and closures. The state of Washington encourages, supports, and empowers businesses to adopt disaster preparedness measures, including evacuation and closings, to protect employees and facilities. It has comprehensive emergency information and resources available at http://access.wa.gov.
Quarantine. Under Washington state law, local health authorities may request voluntary isolation or quarantine during public health emergencies or, if this is not forthcoming, may request an order for involuntary isolation or quarantine enforced by the police (WAC Sec. 246-100-040et seq.). For information on quarantines, go to http://www.doh.wa.gov.
Leave for severe weather.Employees of the state are entitled to use up to 3 days of accumulated sick leave per year when absent from work or arriving late due to severe inclement weather (WAC Sec. 357-31-255).
Failure to pay wages.A payment interval may be daily, weekly, biweekly, semimonthly, or monthly. The maximum interval between paydays is 1 month. If an employer pays wages based on a pay period that is less than a month, the regular payday shall be no later than 10 calendar days after the end of the pay period. If an employer pays wages based on a monthly pay period, the employer may establish a regular system under which wages for work performed in the last 7 days of the month may be paid with the wages for the next pay period (WA Admin. Code Sec. 296-126-023, 296-128-035, and 296-131-010).
During an emergency closing when wage payments are delayed and the employer is not in compliance with the payday law, the state Department of ...

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