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Through Outreach and Education, Seattle Empowers Workers and Employers to Embrace Fair Labor Standards

"Founded in 2015, OLS is leveraging neighborhood organizations both to help employees at increased risk of labor violations understand their rights and to help employers comply with new job quality standards... OLS is trying to enact a cultural shift in Seattle, both in how employers think about employees and their rights, how communities recognize their power and voice, and how business and worker advocates work together." Published September 7, 2017. 

Seattle Moves to End Minimum Wage Exemption for Disabled Workers

Seattle's Department of Labor Standards (OLS) is taking public comment on a proposed rule change that would extend local minimum wage protections to disabled workers. Published August 18, 2017.

Seattle's 'secure scheduling' rewrites work rules at stores, restaurants

The law is intended to help retail and food-service workers with erratic and unpredictable work schedules. There are new employer requirements for scheduling, consulting and compensating certain employees.
Published July 2, 2017.

Seattle fines airline caterer LSG Sky Chefs for violations of minimum wage law

The Seattle Office of Labor Standards ordered the company, Sky Chefs, to pay for lost wages and damages. Published January 4, 2017.