About the Office of Labor Standards

The City of Seattle is a leader on wage, labor and workforce practices that enhance equity address wage gaps and create a fair and healthy economy for workers, businesses and residents.

The Office of Labor Standards (OLS) was created on April 1, 2015.


Our mission is to advance labor standards through thoughtful community and business engagement, strategic enforcement and innovative policy development, with a commitment to race and social justice.

Labor Standards Ordinances

Our office is mandated to implement the City's labor standards for Minimum Wage, Paid Sick and Safe Time, Wage Theft, Fair Chance Employment (limiting the use of conviction and arrest records in employment decisions), and other laws that the City may enact in the future.

Learn About Labor Standards Ordinances

Our Services

Our confidential and free services include:

  • Investigations of complaints.
  • Outreach to workers.
  • Technical assistance to businesses.
  • Resources and referrals.

Language interpretation, translations and accommodations are available.

Learn About Outreach to Workers and Employers

Watch a Powerpoint About the History of OLS