Hotel Employee Protections

Ordinance: SMC 14.26 Ordinance: SMC 14.27

Ordinance: SMC 14.28 Ordinance: SMC 14.29

The Hotel Employee Protections Ordinances go into effect on July 1, 2020 for most covered businesses.

Administrative Rules proposed for Seattle's Hotel Employee Protection Ordinances - Chapter 190

The Office of Labor Standards (OLS) has proposed administrative rules for the four Seattle Hotel Employees Protection Ordinances: SMCs 14.26, 14.27, 14.28, and 14.29. Members of the public have until June 5, 2020 at 5:00 Pacific Standard Time to comment on the proposed rules. The full text is available for download by clicking here.

Members of the public have until June 5, 2020, to comment on these proposed rules. Please send comments by email to or by regular mail to:

Seattle Office of Labor Standards
810 Third Ave., Suite 375
Seattle, WA 98104-1627
Attn: Jeneé Jahn, Interim Director / Hotel Employee Protections Rule Comment

You can also comment by calling 206-256-5426. 

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 
Limits 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.