WA State: Paying your employees is a basic cost of doing business, not an extra

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Paying the minimum wage is a cost of doing business like any other, not an extra add-on to be counted separately.

workingwa.org Tell them if you’ve seen it on any of your bills

But some businesses have recently added small 1% – 5% “minimum wage” surcharges to their bills in what seems to be an attempt to send a political message about their opposition to raising the wage.

Click here to find out which businesses are adding these charges and help stop this trend.

Map of reported surcharges

If there’s no line item for the electrical bill and no napkin-laundering charge called out, then there’s no good reason to tack on an extra 2% and attribute it to the minimum wage — unless you’re trying to send a political message.

Click here to help eliminate misleading “minimum wage” surcharges. 

2% living wage surcharge to keep prices low (?)

And let us know if you see any surcharges that aren’t listed on our site.

Working Washington

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