Office of Labor Standards

As a leader on wage, labor and workforce practices that enhance equity, address wage gaps and create a fair and health economy for workers, businesses and residents, the City of Seattle created an Office of Labor Standards (OLS) in late 2014. OLS as a division of the Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR).

The Office of Labor Standards is mandated to implement the City's four labor standards ordinances and other laws that the City may enact in the future.

Paid Sick and Safe Time (SMC 14.16)

The Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance (PSST) requires employers to provide paid sick and safe time for employees. PSST can be used for an employee’s absence from work due to illness, medical appointments, or a critical safety issue.

Learn About Paid Sick and Safe Time


Fair Chance Employment (Chapter 14.17)

The Fair Chance Employment Ordinance restricts how employers can use conviction and arrest records during the hiring process and course of employment within city limits.

Learn About Fair Chance Employment


Minimum Wage (SMC 14.19)

The Minimum Wage Ordinance sets wages for employees working within city limits. The minimum wage will increase every year on January 1 and eventually rise to $15.00/hour.

Learn About Minimum Wage


Wage Theft (Chapter 14.20)

The Wage Theft Ordinance provides protections against wage theft by establishing basic requirements for payment of wage and tips within city limits. The ordinance requires employers to pay all wages and tips owed to employees, provide written notice to employees, and itemize pay information when employees are paid.

Learn About Wage Theft