Questions & Answers (Q&A)

Note: Administrative Rules for PSST are being revised to reflect recent changes to Seattle's labor standards laws. Until then, please consider the changes to these ordinances when reading the current Rules. If you have a specific question, email laborstandards@seattle.gov.

Questions & Answers (Q&A)

Who are Seattle workers?

  • Workers who work in Seattle on a full-time, part-time, or temporary basis.
  • Workers who telecommute within Seattle city limits.
  • Workers who are based outside of Seattle and occasionally work in the City (e.g. deliveries, sales appointments)

How do Seattle workers find out how many hours they’ve accrued and used?

  • Employers must provide notice of PSST hours to Seattle workers each time that wages are paid.
  • Notice can be provided on a paystub, online statement or another method used by the employer.
  • Employers must retain PSST records for two years showing hours worked in Seattle and hours accrued and used.

What absences qualify as safe time?

Individuals and family or household members experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking can use accrued PSST hours for activities such as:

  • Medical and psychological counseling.
  • Relocation and other safety planning.
  • Seeking a restraining order.
  • Participating in a legal proceeding.

Can employers discipline Seattle workers for using accrued PSST hours?

  • No, employers cannot discipline Seattle workers for using accrued PSST leave, unless an employee demonstrates a clear instance or pattern of abuse.
  • Retaliation also is illegal. Employees are protected from retaliation for exercising their rights under the PSST ordinance. Employers can’t apply absence control policies for use of PSST hours.

How do I learn more about domestic violence?

How do I ask a question or file a complaint?

Please contact us if you have questions about the workplace protections included in Seattle’s Safe Time provision, or to report a violation.

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Together we can help ensure that Seattle workers enjoy the important health and safety protections that PSST provides.