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Proposed ordinance: 2023-0310

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METROPOLITAN KING COUNTY COUNCIL

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

2023-0310

 

            NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Metropolitan King County Council will hold a public hearing in the King County Council Chambers, 10th Floor, King County Courthouse, 516 3rd Avenue Room 1001, Seattle, Washington, on Tuesday, November 28, 2023, at 1:30 p.m.  Remote public testimony on Zoom will also be accepted. Information on the public hearing and how to submit public testimony can be found at this website: https://www.kingcounty.gov/council/committees/full_council.aspx.

 

The purpose of this hearing is to consider adoption of Proposed Ordinance No. 2023-0310, which would establish an hourly minimum wage rate for employees of employers in unincorporated King County, employees of certain county contractors, and county employees.

 

SUMMARY

 

In 2016, state of Washington voters passed Initiative 1433 to increase the state's hourly minimum wage for residents 18 years of age or older to $11.00 starting January 1, 2017, and have it annually adjusted for inflation beginning on January 1, 2021. The 2023 minimum wage for Washington state is $15.74 per hour and will increase to $16.28 starting in 2024.  RCW 49.46.120 states that the state's minimum standards for wages, paid sick leave, and working conditions are supplementary to local law or ordinance which may be more favorable to employees and therefore the more favorable minimum standards shall be in full force and effect and enforced.

 

Proposed Ordinance No. 2023-0310, would establish an hourly minimum wage rate of $18.99 for unincorporated King County for 2023 with an annual inflationary increase to begin on January 1, 2024 which would increase the 2024 hourly minimum wage rate to $20.29 to account for the 6.8% inflationary increase. The hourly minimum wage rate would include the following exceptions:

 

  • Beginning on January 1, 2024, employers with 15 employees or fewer with an annual gross revenue of less than $2.0 million would have an hourly minimum wage rate of $3.00 less ($17.29). The reduction would decrease annually by $0.50 until no reduction is remaining; and
  • Beginning on January 1, 2024, employers with more than 15 employees but fewer than 500 employees would have an hourly minimum wage rate of $2.00 less ($18.29). The reduction would decrease annually by $1.00 until no reduction is remaining.

 

Proposed Ordinance No. 2023-0310, also amends King County Code Chapter 3.18 to modify the county’s hourly living wage rate (currently $18.69) for county employees and employees of certain county contractors to be the same as the hourly minimum wage rate proposed for unincorporated King County.

 

A copy of Proposed Ordinance No. 2023-0310 is available on the internet at https://mkcclegisearch.kingcounty.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=6338773&GUID=6F96BD62-0837-44BC-B20F-5B36707FFA3C&FullText=1.

 

DATED at Seattle, Washington this 17th day of November, 2023.

 

METROPOLITAN KING COUNTY COUNCIL

KING COUNTY, WASHINGTON

 

Melani Hay

Clerk of the Council

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