Labor Law

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Are Union Employers Required to Engage in Bargaining Before Deducting the New Long-Term Care Tax?

Governor Jay Inslee passed the nation’s first long-term care insurance (LTI) for Washington employees last spring. The LTI program mandates a payroll tax for Washington-based employees to pay for long-term care expenses. The statutory language provides that an employer “must collect” LTI premiums from employees through payroll deductions and remit them to the Employment Security Department (ESD). The tax amounts to 0.58% of payroll, or 58 cents per $100 of…