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Agricultural employment standards 296-131 Apply to persons employed in agricultural labor. The standards in this chapter beginning at WAC 296-131-100 apply only to minors employed in agricultural labor. The standards in this chapter do not apply to the immediate family members of the officers of any business engaged in agricultural production of crops or livestock.
Domestic Violence Leave 296-135 Applies to all employees and employers. This allows victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking to take reasonable leave from work paid or unpaid to take care of legal or law enforcement needs and obtain health care. Family members of a victim may also take reasonable leave to help the victim obtain treatment or seek help.
Employment standards 296-126 Apply to any person employed in any industry or occupation within the state of Washington, unless: (1) Exempted by the provisions of chapter 49.12 RCW (newspaper vendors or carriers, domestic or casual labor in or about private residences, agricultural labor as defined in RCW 50.04.150, as now or hereafter amended, and sheltered workshops, are all exempt from these provisions); (2) Otherwise exempted in rules and regulations adopted by the industrial welfare committee of the state of Washington; (3) Exempted by a variance issued under the provisions in WAC 296-126-130; (4) Such person is an employee of the state or any political subdivision, or municipal corporation to the extent that these rules conflict with any statute, rule or regulation adopted under the authority of the appropriate legislative body.
Family care 296-130 Serves to establish a minimum standard allowing an employee to use the employee's sick leave or other paid time off to care for a sick family member.
Minimum wages 296-128 Provisions for wage recordkeeping, and minimum wage regulations for handicapped workers, students, and apprentices
Nonagricultural employment of minors 296-125 Applies to every person that employs one or more minors, or who permits, allows, or suffers one or more minors to work at a site or workplace, on premises, or under work conditions controlled by that employer, except for those employers statutorily exempted.
Payroll Deduction 296-126 025 - 030 The current payroll deductions rules (WAC 296-126-025) are in conflict with the statute and have been since the ruling of University of Washington v. Pope. This Court case addressed which deductions are permitted and that they were only permitted from the workers termination wages. The proposed wording also includes two new sections (WAC 296-126-028 and WAC 296-126-030) for wage deductions during on-going employment and adjustments for overpayments.
Rule Title/Topic Chapter Section Scope of Rule
Prevailing wage 296-127 Various administrative and other requirements for prevailing wage rules. Coveres and defines different types of contractors.

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