Hotel Employee Protections

On September 16, 2019, City Council passed four new hotel employee protection ordinances that replace the repealed Hotel Employees Health and Safety Initiative, Seattle Municipal Code (SMC) 14.25:

  • The Hotel Employees Safety Protections Ordinance (SMC 14.26) requires employers to take certain steps to prevent and report violent and harassing conduct by guests and to support employees who report this kind of conduct.

  • The Protecting Hotel Employees from Injury Ordinance (SMC 14.27) limit the workload of hourly employees who clean hotel rooms to reduce the frequency and occurrence of injuries associated with room cleaning.

  • The Improving Access to Medical Care for Hotel Employees Ordinance (SMC 14.28) requires employers to provide hourly, non-supervisory employees working in large hotels with increased access to medical care.
  • The Hotel Employees Job Retention Ordinance (SMC 14.29) requires employers to take certain actions for hourly, non-supervisory employees to reduce job insecurity in the hospitality industry.

These laws go into effect on July 1, 2020 for most covered businesses. Between now and then, the Office of Labor Standards will engage in a rulemaking process to help clarify the rights and responsibilities of these laws.

To express interest in participating in the rulemaking process, please contact Jeneé Jahn at

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