Minimum Wage Ordinance
Revisions to Rules proposed for City of Seattle Minimum Wage Ordinance
The Seattle Office of Labor Standards (OLS) is currently in the review process for revisions to Chapter 90 Rules for Seattle's Minimum Wage Ordinance (SMC 14.19). The revisions reflect legislation establishing OLS as an independent office, changes resulting from the Wage Theft Prevention and Harmonization Ordinance of 2015, revisions to Washington State's minimum wage law resulting from Initiative 1433, and other requests for clarification from the public.
Seattle's Minimum Wage Ordinance went into effect on April 1, 2015
The Minimum Wage Ordinance sets wages for the City of Seattle and will gradually increase to $15.00/hour.
As of January 1, 2017
Minimum WageFor Large Employers (501 or more employees)
|Does employer pay towards medical benefits?|
|Large Employers: More Information|
Minimum WageFor Small Employers (500 or fewer employees)
|Does employer pay $2.00/hour towards medical benefits and/or does employee earn $2.00/hour in tips?|
|Small Employers: More Information|
Publications & Resources
Questions & Answers (Q&A)
Rules and Ordinances
- Enforcement Procedures -
Practices for Administering Minimum Wage and Minimum Compensation Rates Under SMC 14.19 (Chapter 90)
- Seattle Municipal Code (SMC) -
Minimum Wage and Minimum Compensation Rates for Employees Performing Work in Seattle (Chapter 14.19)
- Seattle City Council -
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