2018 Challenges in the Washington State Legislature

Date: September 05, 2017

Big labor and Seattle billionaires have ambitious plans, which NFIB is ready to fight

The Washington State Legislature convenes the second half of its 65th session on Jan. 8, 2018. The following issues are expected to resurface almost immediately.

Ban The Box
NFIB/Washington again single-handedly defeated “ban the box” bills in 2017 that would prohibit you from asking job applicants about their criminal history. Pre-employment background checks generally run $20-30 each. While other business groups are willing to write this off as a cost to do business, NFIB opposes legislation restricting your ability to protect your customers, workforce, and yourself, or needlessly adding time and cost to your hiring process.

Gig Economy and Independent Contractors
Lawmakers are already discussing ways to treat internet and app-based services that link customers with independent service-providers as employers, and the individuals providing those services as workers, making them both subject to more regulations and higher taxes. NFIB opposes this type of market interference and excessive regulation, which simply drives up costs, discourages entrepreneurship, and eliminates choice and competition.

Battles at the Ballot Box
Fresh off their wins increasing the state minimum wage nearly 43 percent by 2020 and mandating paid “sick and safe leave” through initiative, then forcing Washington’s other business groups to capitulate to a new state-run paid family and medical leave insurance program with the mere threat of another ballot measure, Big Labor and their Seattle billionaire backers have ambitious plans for 2018 and 2020. NFIB will fight carbon tax, restrictive scheduling, paid vacation leave, and possibly income tax ballot measures that threaten your ability to maintain or grow your business, manage your operations, and put people to work.

 

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