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Employment Law

Federal & State Statutes, Local Ordinances

Employment law topics can be covered by either federal or state statutes—and sometimes both. For example, most workers' compensation law is state; most employee benefits law is federal (ERISA); and workplace safety is addressed by both federal and state statutes.

Cities and counties also enact ordinances covering some aspects of employment.

Selected Federal Statutes

Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), codified as amended at 29 U.S.C. §§ 1001-1461 and scattered sections of 26 U.S.C. (the Internal Revenue Code)

Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA), codified as amended at 29 U.S.C. §§ 201-219

Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSHA), codified as amended at 29 U.S.C. §§ 651-678

See Summary of the Major Laws of the Department of Labor.

Selected Washington Statutes

Hours of Labor, RCW 49.28

Minimum Wage Act, RCW 49.46

Family Leave Act, RCW 49.78

Employment Security Act, RCW title 50

Industrial Insurance Act, RCW title 51

State Civil Service Law, RCW 41.06

Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act, RCW 49.17

Worker and Community Right to Know Act, RCW 49.70

Annotated Codes

Use an annotated United States Code or annotated state code to find case summaries, law review articles, and more.

USCA volumesUnited States Code Annotated (U.S.C.A.) (available on Westlaw logoWestlaw)

USCS volumeUnited States Code Service (U.S.C.S.) (available on LexisNexis logoLexisNexis) 


Selected Ordinances