Seattle Passes Mandatory Paid Leave Ordinance

As expected, the Seattle City Council passed a paid leave law today. Here is an article by Chris Grygiel at the Seattle PI describing the vote and setting out some bullet points about the law.

Under the new law, companies employing people in Seattle must provide paid “sick leave” and “safe leave.” Sick time is for the employee or family member’s illness, injury, or other health condition; treatment; or preventive medical care.  Safe time is for absences related to domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking and for business or school closures because of  hazardous materials.

Time off is accrued at the rate of 1 hour for every 40 worked for smaller employers and 1 hour for every 30 worked if the employer has 250 employees. The maximum paid time off is 40 hours if there are fewer than 50 employees and 72 for larger employers. Hours can also be carried over from year to year. An employee need not be paid for unused hours at the end of employment.

Exempted from the leave requirements are employers with four or fewer employees.

You can review the new law here.


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