Student Employment Center

New Sick Leave Benefit and Minimum Wage

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Student Employees

Beginning January 1, WWU hourly student employees will be eligible for paid sick leave! Use the links below for details on how student employees will earn and use paid sick leave. The paid sick leave benefit is based on Initiative 1433 that voters approved in November 2016.

The Initiative, which revised the Washington State Minimum Wage Act, RCW 49.46, also increases the minimum wage by specified amounts each year through 2020. Each January 1st thereafter, the minimum wage will be tied to the rate of inflation. The minimum wage increases are scheduled as follows:

  • January 1, 2018 -- $11.50 per hour
  • January 1, 2019 -- $12.00 per hour
  • January 1, 2020 -- $13.50 per hour
  • Each subsequent January 1 – increases by rate of inflation