Enforcement

Seattle Labor Standards Ordinances cover all employees working inside Seattle city limits, regardless of employees' immigration status or location or their employer.

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For Workers

The Office of Labor Standards has jurisdiction within Seattle. If your situation does not qualify for investigation by us, we will refer you to another agency for help.

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For Employers

OLS has two business liaisons who handle employer inquiries. These phone conversations, or email exchanges, are kept entirely separate from the investigation process. The business liaisons will answer all types of questions about how labor standards ordinances apply to the business. OLS encourages businesses to contact us with the goal of attaining full compliance with Seattle’s labor standards.

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Office of Labor Standards Rules

  •  Enforcement Procedures - Chapter 140
    DRAFT Practice and Procedures for Conducting Investigations and Appeals 
  • Enforcement Procedures - Chapter 40
    Practice and Procedure in Civil Rights and Labor Standards Ordinances
  • Paid Sick and Safe Time - Chapter 70
    Practices for Administering Paid Sick Time and Paid Safe Time under SMC 14.16
  • Fair Chance Employment - Chapter 80
    Practices for Administering Use of Criminal History in Employment Decisions Under SMC 14.17
  • Minimum Wage - Chapter 90
    Practices for Administering Minimum Wage and Minimum Compensation Rates Under SMC 14.19

Seattle Municipal Code

  • Paid Sick and Safe Time - Chapter 14.16
    Paid Sick and Safe Time
  • Fair Chance Employment - Chapter 14.17
    The Use of Criminal History in Employment Decisions
  • Minimum Wage - Chapter 14.19
    Minimum Wage and Minimum Compensation Rates for Employees Performing Work in Seattle
  • Wage Theft - Chapter 14.20
    Wage And Tip Compensation Requirements
  • Secure Scheduling - Chapter 14.22
    Regulations concerning scheduling of employees' working hours in retail and fast food business with 500+ employees worldwide, as well as full service restaurants with 500+ employees and 40+ full-service restaurant locations worldwide.
  • Hotel Employees Health and Safety Initiative - Chapter 14.25
    Protections for the health and safety of hotel employees working in Seattle
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Bills & Ordinances

  • Amendments: Wage Theft Prevention and Labor Standards Harmonization - Ordinance 124960, Council Bill 118585
    An ordinance relating to employment in Seattle; amending Chapters 14.16, 14.17, 14.19, and 14.20 of the Seattle Municipal Code to prescribe additional remedies and enforcement procedures, harmonize ordinance language, and add provisions to facilitate compliance; amending Section 3.14.931 of the Seattle Municipal Code to update duties of the Seattle Human Rights Commission; and amending Section 5.55.230 of the Seattle Municipal Code to require labor standards compliance for business license tax certificates.
  • Paid Sick and Safe Time - Ordinance 123698, Council Bill 117216
    An ordinance relating to employment in Seattle; adding a new chapter 14.16 to the Seattle Municipal Code; establishing minimum standards for the provision of paid sick and paid safe time; prescribing penalties, remedies and enforcement procedures; amending Section 3.14.931 of the Seattle Municipal Code; and requesting a post-implementation assessment from the Seattle Office for Civil Rights.
  • Fair Chance Employment - Ordinance 124201, Council Bill 117796
    An ordinance seeking to increase public safety and job assistance through reducing criminal recidivism and enhancing positive reentries to society by prohibiting certain adverse employment actions against individuals who have been arrested, convicted, or charged with a crime; and adding Chapter 14.17 to the Seattle Municipal Code.
  • Minimum Wage - Ordinance 124490, Council Bill 118098
    An ordinance relating to employment in Seattle; adding a new Chapter 14.19 to the Seattle Municipal Code; establishing minimum wage and minimum compensation rates for employees performing work in Seattle; and prescribing remedies and enforcement procedures.
  • Wage Theft - Ordinance 123596, Council Bill 117143
    An ordinance relating to wage theft; amending Seattle Municipal Code sections 5.55.230 and 12A.08.060; clarifying the definition of theft as it relates to theft of wages; providing a list of circumstances that may be considered in determining whether a person intends to commit wage theft; clarifying the City’s jurisdiction in such cases; and allowing the City to refuse to issue, revoke, or refuse to renew business licenses from employers found guilty of wage theft.
  • Secure Scheduling - Ordinance 125135, Council Bill 118765
    An ordinance relating to employment in Seattle; adding a new Chapter 14.22 to the Seattle Municipal Code; establishing secure scheduling requirements for covered retail and food services establishments; prescribing remedies and enforcement procedures; amending Section 14.20.025 of the Seattle Municipal Code to add good faith estimates of work schedules to notice of employment information; amending Section 6.208.020 of the Seattle Municipal Code to condition business license registration on compliance with secure scheduling requirements; and amending Section 3.14.945 of the Seattle Municipal Code to add Chapter 14.22 to the list of ordinances administered and enforced by the Office of Labor Standards.
  • Hotel Employees health and Safety Initiative - Chapter 14.25
    Seattle voters approved Initiative 124 in November 2016. I-124 establishes protections for the health and safety of hotel employees working in Seattle. SMC 14.25, the new ordinance created by the initiative took effect on November 30, 2016.

Resolutions

  • Minimum Wage - Council Resolution 31524
    A resolution requesting that the Department of Finance and Administrative Services work with the City Council and other appropriate City departments and stakeholders to strengthen implementation of any local minimum wage ordinance.