Important July 1 deadlines, milestones for hospital staffing law

June 18, 2024

Per RCW 70.41.420  and RCW 49.12.480, the following deadlines and tasks are required and begin on/by July 1, 2024:

  • Hospital Staffing Committee Charters are due to the Department of Health (DOH).
  • Draft staffing plans are due to hospital CEOs for review.
  • Uninterrupted meal and rest break requirements take effect.
  • Meal and rest break compliance tracking begins.

If your hospital is looking for more information about Washington’s hospital staffing committee (HSC) law and implementation resources, please visit

If you have questions, please contact Gena Cooper at (Beth Zborowski)


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