Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance

Seattle's Paid Sick & Safe Time Ordinance went into effect on
September 1, 2012.

Questions or want to report a violation? Email us.

As of September 1, 2012, employees in the City of Seattle accrue paid sick and paid safe time (PSST) for use when an employee or family member needs to take time off from work due to illness or a critical safety issue.

The ordinance applies to all employers with more than four full-time equivalent employees. All employees are eligible for the new benefit, including full time, part-time and temporary workers.

Employees will be able to use their accrued PSST as paid time off:

  • To deal with their own illness, injury or health condition.
  • To take care of a family member (including domestic partners) with an illness, injury or medical appointment.
  • When their place of business has been closed by order of a public official for health reasons.
  • For reasons related to domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

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Downloadable Resources

General Brochure



Rules & Ordinances


Map showing Seattle City boundaries

Assessment of the impact of the PSST Ordinance

As part of the Paid Sick/Safe Time Ordinance, the Office of the City Auditor is evaluating the ordinance's implementation and early effects. The Office of the City Auditor has contracted with the University of Washington to conduct the evaluation, including a Seattle Employer Survey.

For questions or comments about the evaluation study, contact Principal Investigator Jennifer Romich, PhD, at or 206.616.6121.

The City Auditor plans to issue other report, including:

  • U.W. report on in-depth interviews with a small sample of employers.
  • U.W. report on in-depth interviews with a group of employees affected by the regulations.
  • U.W. report on a follow-up survey of the employers who responded to the first/baseline survey.
  • U.W. report on follow-up interviews with a small sample of employers.
  • A report by the Office of the City Auditor on the Seattle Office of Civil Rights' enforcement of the regulations.

Other report on the impact of paid sick leave and the PSST Ordinance