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RCW 49.44.170

Public employers—Unfair practices—Definitions—Remedies.

(1) It is an unfair practice for any public employer to:
(a) Misclassify any employee to avoid providing or continuing to provide employment-based benefits; or
(b) Include any other language in a contract with an employee that requires the employee to forgo employment-based benefits.
(2) The definitions in this subsection apply throughout chapter 155, Laws of 2002 unless the context clearly requires otherwise.
(a) "Employee" means a person who is providing services for compensation to an employer, unless the person is free from the employer's direction and control over the performance of work. This definition shall be interpreted consistent with common law.
(b) "Employment-based benefits" means any benefits to which employees are entitled under state law or employer policies or collective bargaining agreements applicable to the employee's correct classification.
(c) "Public employer" means: (i) Any unit of local government including, but not limited to, a county, city, town, municipal corporation, quasi-municipal corporation, or political subdivision; and (ii) the state, state institutions, and state agencies. This definition shall be interpreted consistent with common law.
(d) "Misclassify" and "misclassification" means to incorrectly classify or label a long-term public employee as "temporary," "leased," "contract," "seasonal," "intermittent," or "part-time," or to use a similar label that does not objectively describe the employee's actual work circumstances.
(3) An employee deeming himself or herself harmed in violation of subsection (1) of this section may bring a civil action in a court of competent jurisdiction.
ConstructionSeverability2002 c 155: See notes following RCW 49.44.160.
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