Seattle 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, employees in the City of Seattle accrue paid sick and paid safe time (PSST) for use when an employee or family member needs to take time off from work due to illness or a 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
PSST Rates (Accrual/Use/Carry Over) by Employer Size
|General Information||Small (Tier 1) Employer||Medium (Tier 2) Employer||Large (Tier 3) Employer|
|Full Time Equivalents (FTEs)||More than 4–49 employees||More than 49 to 249 employees||250 or more employees|
|Accrual of Paid Sick/Safe Time||1 hour / 40 hours worked||1 hour / 40 hours worked||1 hour / 30 hours worked|
|Use of Paid Sick/Safe Time||40 hours / calendar year||56 hours / calendar year||72 hours / calendar year|
|Carry Over of Paid Sick/Safe Time||40 hours / calendar year||56 hours / calendar year||72 hours / calendar year|
Download additional resources in English and other languages.View Publications
Rules & Ordinances
- SOCR Rules for Paid Sick and Safe Time - Chapter 70
- SOCR Rules for Paid Sick and Safe Time (PDF) - Chapter 70
- SMC Chapter 14.16 - Paid Sick Time and Paid Safe Time
- Webinar arranged by Dorsey & Whitmey LLP on PSST - recorded on September 12, 2012
- Webinar arranged by Dorsey & Whitmey LLP on PSST - recorded on September 12, 2012 (Audio Only)
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