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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Worker Classification Document

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 dedicated staff who handle employer inquiries. These phone conversations, or email exchanges, are kept entirely separate from the investigation process. We 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.

Directed Investigations Questions and Answers- PDF

Directed Investigations Fact Sheet - PDF

Employer Guide to Labor Standards Investigations - Word Document

Employer Guide to Labor Standards Investigations - PDF

Employer Guide to Record Keeping - Word Document

Employer Guide to Record Keeping - PDF

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Office of Labor Standards Rules

  • Enforcement Procedures -Chapter 140
    Practice and Procedure for Labor Standards Enforcement 
  • Secure Scheduling  - Chapter 120
    Practices for administering Secure Scheduling requirements for employees working in Seattle
  • Minimum Wage - Chapter 90
    Practices for Administering Minimum Wage and Minimum Compensation Rates for Employees Performing Work in Seattle Under SMC 14.19
  • Fair Chance Employment - Chapter 80
    Practices for Administering Use of Criminal History in Employment Decisions Under SMC 14.17
  • Paid Sick and Safe Time - Chapter 70
    Practices for Administering Paid Sick Time and Paid Safe Time under SMC 14.16

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.