BILL REQ. #: H-3054.1
|State of Washington||63rd Legislature||2014 Regular Session|
Read first time 01/14/14. Referred to Committee on Labor & Workforce Development.
AN ACT Relating to requiring employers to reimburse employees for work-related expenses; and adding a new section to chapter 49.12 RCW.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
NEW SECTION. Sec. 1 A new section is added to chapter 49.12 RCW
to read as follows:
(1) An employer shall reimburse his or her employee for all necessary business expenses incurred by the employee at the request of the employer and in direct consequence of the discharge of the employee's duties. For the purposes of this section, "necessary business expenses" may include expenses for the cost of cell phones, phone chargers, and other equipment.
(2) If an employer does not reimburse the employee as required under this section, the employee may bring a civil cause of action. If the employee prevails, the court shall award the employee reasonable attorneys' fees and costs incurred to enforce this section. Awards carry interest at the same rate as civil judgments under RCW 4.56.110. Interest accrues from the date on which the employee incurred the necessary business expense.