Commuter Benefits Ordinance

Administrative Rules proposed for Seattle’s Commuter Benefits Ordinance – Chapter 180

The Seattle Office of Labor Standards (OLS) is proposing administrative rules for the Commuter Benefits Ordinance (SMC 14.30). Members of the public have until December 5, 2019 at 5:00pm PST to comment on the proposed rules. The full text of the rules is available by clicking here.

Please send comments by calling 206-256-5297, by email jasmine.marwaha@seattle.gov or by regular mail to:

Seattle Office of Labor Standards
810 Third Ave., Suite 375
Seattle, WA 98104-1627
Attn: Jasmine Marwaha, OLS Policy Analyst

The City of Seattle has passed a Commuter Benefits Ordinance, which becomes effective on January 1, 2020. Businesses with 20 or more employees will be required to offer their employees the opportunity to make a monthly pre-tax payroll deduction for transit or vanpool expenses. The ordinance encourages commuters to use transit options other than single occupancy vehicles, thus reducing traffic congestion and carbon emissions. Because the deduction is pre-tax, the law has the added benefit of lowering the tax bills for both workers and businesses. OLS enforcement begins January 1, 2021.

The Office of Labor Standards looks forward to teaming up with Seattle's Department of Transportation, Commute Seattle and community partners to equip workers and businesses, including our small business community, with the information and tools to understand these new requirements. Stay tuned for updates.

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