Dealing With Seattle’s Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance
Lane Powell Shareholder Katheryn Bradley and Laura Morse co-authored an article in the September 2012 issue of King County Bar Association’s Bar Bulletin titled “Dealing With Seattle’s Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance.”
The wait for the Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance, which went into effect September 1, is over.
The City of Seattle, through the Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR), spent nine months after Mayor Mike McGinn signed the Ordinance to gather public comments and adopt final administrative rules implementing paid sick and safe leave for employees working in Seattle. Indeed, the SOCR’s proposed rules generated substantial comments from the employer community.
The SOCR responded to these comments by making significant changes before adopting final rules on June 29. On the eve of the effective date, many employers were still scrambling to decipher the complicated Ordinance and understand the final administrative rules. The City’s “Frequently Asked Questions” publication has continued to evolve even after adoption of the “final” rules.
Based on our experience over the last few months presenting seminars to employers to assist them in preparing for compliance, we have put together the following pointers for counsel advising employers.