Seattle employees to receive new Paid Sick and Safe Time benefit
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.
PSST Video: Why Seattle Works Well
Employees will be able to use their accrued PSST as paid time off:
The Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) is working closely with Seattle employers to implement the new requirements. SOCR offers free presentations and technical assistance, as well as brochures, posters and other materials.
Map showing Seattle City boundaries
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City 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.616.6121.
The City Auditor plans to issue other reports in the coming months, including:
The City Auditor also may develop additional reports on specific areas not covered in the U.W. evaluation.
City Auditor: About the PSST Evaluation (PDF)
Other report on the impact of paid sick leave and the PSST Ordinance
Taped Webinar on Paid Sick/Safe Time – arranged by Dorsey & Whitmey LLP, featuring SOCR enforcement manager Mike Chin. (Access to the Webinar is free at this external site, but you will be asked to register by name/contact information.)
Webinar – audio file only (registration not required)
Paid Sick/Safe Time Ordinance – Office of the City Clerk
Paid Sick/Safe Time Ordinance – PDF version
Administrative Rules for Paid Sick/Safe Time Ordinance – final version adopted June 29, 2012
Administrative Rules for Paid Sick/Safe Time Ordinance – PDF version
For more information and technical assistance about the Paid Sick/Safe Time Ordinance:
Paid Sick & Safe Time Poster
Paid Sick & Safe Time Brochure
Sample MOU for Collective Bargaining Agreements
Model Notice: employer letter to employees about the PSST Ordinance
Powerpoint presentation on Seattle's Paid Sick/Safe Time Ordinance (PPT)
CLASP has published an article that describes how SOCR implemented Seattle's new Paid Sick/Safe Time Ordinance, including its rule-making process and outreach campaign to employers and the public. CLASP is an organization that develops and advocates for federal, state and local policies to strengthen families and low income communities. Read the article here.
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