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Washington Compliance and Regulatory Resources

State legislation changes rank among the top information sought by employers from their HR professionals. Paychex strives to simplify HR compliance by offering resources for Washington businesses. Learn more about requirements your business may need to comply with including pay transparency, workers’ comp, and more.

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State Tax Rates and Limits

State Unemployment Taxable Wage Base Limit

State Unemployment Rate Range for Employers
0.20% to 8.03%

State Unemployment New Employer Rate
Rate is 115% of average industry rate

State Hourly Minimum Wage

State Minimum Wage for Tipped Employees
WA wage and hour information

State Tax ID Registration

SUI, PFML, and Labor & Industries Registration
  • Registration for SUI, Paid Family Medical Leave, and L&I uses the same registration process.
    • Online registration will take 10-25 business days to process. SUI ID with format XXX,XXXX-XX (9 digits), PFML ID with format CXXX XXX XXX (C and 9 digits), L&I ID XXX,XXXX-XX (9 digits). Your account information will be mailed to you.
    • Complete the L&I POA form. Email the POA and the registration confirmation to your Paychex Service Professional.

Entering your account numbers in Paychex Flex: Enter your new account number in your Paychex Flex® account to ensure that your Paychex account is updated and email your registration confirmation document to your Paychex Service Professional.

  • Refer to the Updating Tax Agency IDs in Paychex Flex instructions to update the information in the application.

Pay Transparency

In effect since Jan. 1, 2023, employers with 15 or more employees (total) and at least one in state must comply with the Washington pay transparency law.

  • Employers must provide wage scale or salary range, upon request, to an employee who is offered a promotion or a transfer.
  • Wage and salary range, a general description of benefits (e.g., retirement) and other compensation must be provided to applicants in all job postings and advertisements.
  • Records that show compliance with the law must be kept by employers for at least three years after the job is filled, or three years after the job was posted if the position is not filled. 

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Workplace Safety

Washington has an OSHA-approved state plan that covers most private-sector workers and all state and local government workers within the state. Federal OSHA covers most workers not covered under the state plan.

Workers' Compensation

    • Coverage is mandatory for employers with any employees
    • Coverage must be obtained through the state

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