Hotel Employee Protections

Rules: SHRR Chapter 190

2022 Notice of Rights for Hotel Employees

2022 Notice of Rights for Employees of Ancillary Hotel Businesses

Important Notice

The Office of Labor Standards announces final administrative rules (Seattle Human Rights Rules Chapter 190) that help clarify the rights and responsibilities of these laws.  To view the full Chapter, please click on the button entitled "Rules: SHRR Chapter 190" to download the full Chapter.

Four laws provide specific worker protections to hotel employees and employees of businesses with certain kinds of relationships to hotels:

  • Hotel Employee Safety Protections Ordinance
  • Protecting Hotel Employees from Injury Ordinance
  • Improving Hotel Employee's Access to Medical Care Ordinance
  • Hotel Employees Job Retention Ordinance

These laws went into effect for most covered employers on July 1, 2020. These laws vary slightly in employee and employer coverage.  To explore the differences and learn about the laws, please visit the webpage for each law and click here to view resources and required posters.

The Notice of Rights for Hotel Employees and the Notice of Rights for Employees of Ancillary Hotel Businesses are available in Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, French, Karen, Karenni, Korean, Nepali, Oromo, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Tigrigna, Tagalog and Vietnamese on the OLS Languages webpage here.

In conjunction with passing these four laws, the City also repealed Seattle Municipal Code 14.25, the Hotel Employees Health and Safety Initiative (also known as Initiative 124).  This law is no longer in effect.  For a record of this action, please visit this link.  

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