Our Services

Our confidential and free services include:

  • Investigations of complaints.
  • Outreach to workers.
  • Technical assistance to businesses.
  • Resources and referrals.

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Outreach and Education

The Office of Labor Standards (OLS) is partnering with community-based and business organizations to conduct and facilitate outreach, education, and technical assistance to workers and small businesses on Seattle’s labor standards.


The Labor Standards Community Outreach and Education Fund will foster collaboration between OLS and the community with funds to develop awareness and understanding of worker rights provided by Seattle’s labor standards. Total contract funds equal $1,000,000. Funds for the first 12-month contract cycle (September 2015 – August 2016) will total approximately $700,000; an additional $300,000 in funding will be available in September 2016.

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The Labor Standards Business Outreach and Education Fund will provide technical assistance to small businesses in order to increase compliance with Seattle’s labor standards. The fund will emphasize outreach to businesses owned by low-income and historically disenfranchised communities, who typically are not served by traditional outreach methods. Total contract funds equal $275,000 to one or more organizations for a 12-month contract cycle beginning the third or fourth quarter of 2016.

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Assistance for Workers

Seattle's labor standards ordinances cover all employees working inside the city limits, regardless of employees’ immigration status or location of their employer. If your situation does not qualify for investigation by us, we will refer you to another agency for help.

Assistance for Employers

The Office of Labor Standards offers a range of resources to help employers to comply with Seattle labor laws, including free technical assistance, and group presentations.

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