Waters Bill Allowing Underage Workers In Certain Situations Signed

Governor Jay Inslee signed into law a bill from Washington 17th District Rep. Kevin Waters on Thursday that will give many of the state’s smaller businesses a boost in their hiring efforts.  House Bill 1730, which is the freshman lawmaker’s first piece of legislation, will improve the state’s workforce by opening up certain job positions to a larger group of applicants.  The legislation allows young adults between the ages of 18 to 21 to be employed in establishments traditionally classified as off-limits to persons under the age of 21, under specific and limited circumstances.  Because HB 1730 contains an emergency clause it takes effect immediately.  Under the law, it is now legal for anyone at least 18-years-old to perform services unrelated to the sale or service of alcohol to enter and remain on premises, but only to carry out the duties of their employment as a dishwasher, cook, chef, sanitation specialist, or other kitchen staff and only under certain conditions.

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