Paying Certain Workers Less Than Minimum Wage

Student worker: In accordance with regulation WAC 296-128-275 (app.leg.wa.gov), for resident students receiving instruction in a bona fide educational institution, and who are employed on a part-time basis by the institution for the purpose of enabling the students to defray part of their school expenses, the employer requests a certificate to pay the worker at a subminimum wage rate. The certificate will not allow less than 75% of current state minimum wage.

Student learner: In accordance with regulation WAC 296-128-175 (app.leg.wa.gov), the employer requests a certificate to pay the worker attending an accredited school, college, or university, and who will be employed in a bona fide vocational training program, or on the job-training program as a complement to education by learning through work at a subminimum wage rate not less than 75% of current state minimum wage. The term of the certificate will not exceed one school year.

Learner: In accordance with regulation WAC 296-128-100 (app.leg.wa.gov), the employer requests a certificate to pay the worker a subminimum wage rate not less than 85% of the legally established wage for on-the-job training.

Apprentice: In accordance with regulations WAC 296-128-225 (app.leg.wa.gov) and RCW 49.04.040 (app.leg.wa.gov), the employer or apprenticeship committee requests a certificate to employ an apprentice in a skilled trade at wages lower than the minimum wage under RCW 49.46.020 (app.leg.wa.gov).

Workers with a disability: In accordance with regulation WAC 296-128-050 (app.leg.wa.gov) for workers 18 years of age or over or WAC 296-125-043 (app.leg.wa.gov) for workers under age 18, the employer requests a certificate to employ an individual whose earning capacity is impaired by reason of age, mental disability, or physical disability.

 

To apply for a certificate, please see below:

 

 

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