Labor Standards Ordinances

2018 Labor Standards Updates

In 2018, the Seattle's minimum wage increases to reflect inflation adjustments and annual increases required by the Minimum Wage ordinance. Paid Sick and Safe Time requirements also expand to cover all employees working in Seattle regardless of the employer's size.

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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.

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Fair Chance Employment (SMC 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.

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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.

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Wage Theft (SMC 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.

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Secure Scheduling Ordinance (SMC 14.22)

The Secure Scheduling Ordinance establishes secure scheduling requirements for covered retail and food services establishments, and prescribes remedies and enforcement procedures. The law applies to retail and food services establishments with 500+ employees worldwide, and full service restaurants with 500+ employees and 40+ full-service restaurant locations worldwide. The law will take effect on July 1, 2017.

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Secure Scheduling Legislation


Hotel Employees Health and Safety Initiative
(SMC 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.

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Domestic Workers Ordinance

On July 23, 2018, the City of Seattle City Council voted to pass a Domestic Workers Ordinance that provides protections for domestic workers and establishes a Domestic Workers Standards Board. When signed into law by Mayor Durkan, Seattle will be the first city in the United States to have a Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.

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2016 Labor Standards Amendments

In December 2015, the City of Seattle approved a comprehensive set of amendments to Seattle’s labor standards laws, entitled the 2015 Wage Theft Prevention and Labor Standards Harmonization Ordinance. The amendments better protect workers, while leveling the playing field for businesses that are already in compliance by deterring and penalizing bad-actor employers. The ordinance took effect on January 16, 2016.

Learn About the 2016 Amendments to Seattle's Labor Standards Ordinances