Improving Access to Medical Care for Hotel Employees Ordinance

Ordinance: SMC 14.28

Improving Access to Medical Care for Hotel Employees Ordinance Q & A

Ordinance Coverage Waiver

2020 Healthcare Expenditure Waiver

2021 Healthcare Expenditure Waiver

Sample Cancellation Waiver

The Improving Access to Medical Care for Hotel Employees Ordinance

The law requires covered employers to make monthly healthcare expenditures to, or on behalf of, covered employees to increase their access to medical care.

This law applies to hourly employees that work at a Seattle hotel or motel of 100 or more rooms. Hourly employees are those employees who are entitled to Seattle's Minimum Wage. The law does not apply to managers, supervisors, or employees who help to create or effect management policies about labor relations.   

Covered employers are:

  • those that own, control, or operate a hotel or motel with 100 or more guest rooms; and
  • ancillary hotel businesses of 50 or more employees worldwide.  

An ancillary hotel business is a business that has one or more of the following relationships to a covered hotel: 

  • Routinely contracts with a hotel to provide services in conjunction with the hotel's purpose,
  • Leases or subleases space at the site of the hotel to provide services in conjunction with the hotel's purpose, or 
  • Provides food and beverages to hotel guests and to the public where the business has an entrance within the hotel premises. 

Healthcare Expenditure Rates:

Covered employers must make healthcare expenditures to or on behalf of each covered employee to improve their access to medical care. The amounts of the healthcare expenditure are adjusted each year. For the 2020 calendar year, the rates are:

  1. $420 per month for an employee with no spouse, domestic partner, or dependents
  2. $714 per month for an employee with only dependents
  3. $840 per month for an employee with only a spouse or domestic partner
  4. $1,260 per month for an employee with a spouse or domestic partner and one or more dependents

For the 2021 calendar year, the adjusted rates are:

  1. $437 per month for an employee with no spouse, domestic partner, or dependents
  2. $743 per month for an employee with only dependents
  3. $874 per month for an employee with only a spouse or domestic partner
  4. $1,310 per month for an employee with a spouse or domestic partner and one or more dependents

Effective Dates:

  • For ancillary hotel businesses with between 50 and 250 employees worldwide that contract, lease, or sublease with a hotel: July 1, 2025, or the date of the next annual open enrollment period for health coverage after July 1, 2025, if offered to employees
  • For all other covered employers: July 1, 2020, or the date of the next annual open enrollment period for health coverage after July 1, 2020, if offered to employees.

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The Ordinance Coverage Waiver and Healthcare Expenditure Waiver are available in Amharic, Arabic, French, Korean, Oromo, Simplified Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Tigrigna, Tagalog and Vietnamese on the OLS Languages webpage here.