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Burien City Council Passes New Minimum Wage Ordinance

On March 18, 2024, the Burien City Council passed Ordinance No. 837, establishing a citywide minimum wage in Burien.

The ordinance defines three levels of employers and creates new minimum wage rates and effective dates by size of employer. Employers with 20 or fewer full-time equivalents (FTEs) are exempt from the ordinance.

  • “Level 1 employer” means all employers, including franchisees, that employ more than 500 FTEs in King County or franchisors who employ more than 500 FTEs in the aggregate. Effective January 1, 2025 at 12:01 a.m., Level 1 employers shall pay each employee an hourly minimum wage of at least $3.00 over the Washington State hourly minimum wage.
  • “Level 2 employer” means all employers, including franchisees, that employ 21 – 499 FTEs in King County. Effective July 1, 2025 at 12:01 a.m., Level 2 employers shall pay each employee an hourly minimum wage of at least $2.00 over the Washington State hourly minimum wage.
  • “Level 3 employer” means all employers with 20 or fewer FTEs. Employers with 20 or fewer FTEs are exempt from this ordinance.

Ordinance No. 837 can be viewed here.

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