wa–minimum wage

Washington minimum wage increases to $12 an hour in January

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington state's minimum wage will increase to $12 an hour in the new year.The increase - up from this year's $11.50 an hour - is part of 2016's Initiative 1433, and will ultimately raise the state's rate to $13.50 an hour by 2020.Paid sick leave under the law started this past January, allowing employees to earn at least one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked.