Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance

Seattle's PSST ordinance requires employers operating in Seattle to provide all employees with paid leave to care for themselves or a family member with a physical or mental health condition, medical appointment, or a critical safety issue.

Seattle recently amended the PSST ordinance to reflect the more employee-protective provisions of voter-passed, Washington Initiative 1433, which established statewide paid sick leave for hourly employees working in Washington state. Effective July 1, 2018, PSST rule revisions modify existing rules, originally issued in 2012, to reflect these ordinance amendments.

The full text of the final rules is available at:

PSST Final Rules

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Key Requirements

Employees can use PSST as follows

      • To care for a personal or family member’s illness, injury or health condition, including preventative appointments
      • To care for a personal or family or household member’s for a reason related to domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking
      • To care for a personal absence when a workplace, or child’s school/place of care, has been closed by order of a public official for health reasons
      • Family member is defined as child of any age, spouse including registered domestic partners, parent and parent-in-law, sibling, grandparent, and grandchild

PSST Rates (Accrual/Carry Over) by Employer Size

General Information Small (Tier 1) Employer Medium (Tier 2) Employer Large (Tier 3) Employer
Full Time Equivalents (FTEs) One employee and up to 49 FTEs 50-249 FTEs 250 or more FTEs
Accrual of PSST per hours worked 1 hour per 40 hours 1 hour per 40 hours 1 hour per 30 hours
Carry over of unused PSST
(per year)
40 hours 56 hours 72 hours
*108 hours for employers with PTO

IMPORTANT: There is no cap on accrual or use of PSST in a year (i.e. fixed, 12-month period).

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The Office of Labor Standards has jurisdiction within Seattle city limits

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