Seattle's Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance

Seattle's Paid Sick & Safe Time Ordinance went into effect on
September 1, 2012.


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As of September 1, 2012, Seattle's Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance (PSST) requires employers to provide paid sick and safe time for employees. PSST can be used for an employee's absence from work due to illness, medical appointments, or critical safety issue, including domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.

The ordinance applies to all employers with more than four full-time equivalent employees. All employees are eligible for the new benefit, including full time, part-time and temporary workers.

Employees will be able to use their accrued PSST as paid time off:

  • To deal with their own illness, injury or health condition.
  • To take care of a family member (including domestic partners) with an illness, injury or medical appointment.
  • When their place of business has been closed by order of a public official for health reasons.
  • For reasons related to domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. Learn About Safe Time

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PSST Rates (Accrual/Use/Carry Over) by Employer Size

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General Information Small (Tier 1) Employer Medium (Tier 2) Employer Large (Tier 3) Employer
Full Time Equivalents (FTEs) 5–49 employees 50–249 employees 250 or more employees
Accrual of PSST per hours worked 1 hour per 40 hours 1 hour per 40 hours 1 hour per 30 hours
Use of and carry over of unused PSST
(per calendar year)
40 hours 56 hours 72 hours
*108 hours for employers with PTO

Please note: our FAQs are being revised to reflect recent changes to Seattle's labor standards laws. The revised FAQs will be posted later this month. Until then, please review the changes to these ordinances and consider them when reading the current posted FAQs. If you have a specific question, email laborstandards@seattle.gov.

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Last updated: 02/02/2016