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. The ordinance contains seven key sections:

  • Protecting hotel employees from violent assault and sexual harassment
  • Protecting hotel employees from injury
  • Improving access to medical care for low income hotel employees
  • Preventing disruptions in the hotel industry
  • Enforcement
  • Definition
  • Waiver

The Office of Labor Standards will be developing a timeline for issuing Rules on implementation and enforcement. For more information, contact karina.bull@seattle.gov or call 206-684-4536.

Hotel Employees Health and Safety Initiative - SMC 14.25

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* The answers in this Frequently Asked Questions document are provided by Seattle Protects Women and UNITE HERE! Local 8, the proponents of the ordinance. They do not substitute for legal advice. The City of Seattle's Office of Labor Standards will be developing rules that will govern the legal requirements of the ordinance through a stakeholder process starting in May of 2017. If you would like to be included in the stakeholder process for rule development, please contact Karina Bull at karina.bull@seattle.gov .