Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance

SAFE TIME: A critical piece of Seattle’s Paid Sick and Safe Time Law

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time to call attention to the countless lives impacted by domestic violence.

Seattle’s PSST law provides critical protection for workers who need to take time off work for safety issues, including domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.

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

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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, including domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.

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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