The "Seattle Squeeze" is underway! The Alaskan Way Viaduct permanently closed on January 11, 2019 and it will be another three weeks before the new SR 99 tunnel opens. Prepare for five years of tough traffic because of ongoing mega construction projects. Plan ahead! Visit for more information.

The City of Seattle is a leader on wage, labor and workforce practices that enhance equity address wage gaps and create a fair and healthy economy for workers, businesses and residents.

The Office of Labor Standards (OLS) was created on April 1, 2015.


Our mission is to advance labor standards through thoughtful community and business engagement, strategic enforcement and innovative policy development, with a commitment to race and social justice.

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