Seattle employers need to know about changes and proposed changes to Seattle law.
Seattle Automatic Minimum Wage Increases. Effective January 1, 2018, the Seattle minimum wage will be adjusted for inflation.
The City of Seattle is raising the minimum wage with inflation adjustments and annual increases required by the Minimum Wage Ordinance as follows:
Proposed Amendments to the Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance. On November 14, the Seattle Office of Labor Standards (OLS) proposed amendments to Seattle’s Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance and the Minimum Wage Ordinance Rules. The Seattle City Council is expected to vote on the proposed amendments in December.
Employers with exempt employees in Seattle should be aware of proposed amendments to the Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance. Be on the lookout for possible adopted changes before January 1, 2018.
Some of the proposed changes may affect exempt employees, who are not covered by the Washington Paid Sick Leave Statute, including:
Proposed Amendments to the Minimum Wage Act Rules. The City of Seattle is considering amendments to the Minimum Wage Act. Some of the proposed changes to the rules are as follows:
Five Quick Steps to Do Now:
1. Update your Seattle minimum wage to take effect January 1, 2018.
2. Watch for the Seattle City Council to vote on the amendments in December 2017.
3. Determine whether the Washington Paid Sick Leave Statute or Seattle’s Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance provides “more generous” benefits for your employees, and comply with the more generous provisions;
4. Be ready to review your written policy governing paid sick and safe time and determine if any additional changes will have to be made due to the proposed amendments; and
5. Comply with the Washington Paid Sick Leave Statute revisions regarding what pay can be counted towards an employee’s minimum wage.
For more information on the updates and proposed amendments, including a schedule of trainings on these updates, visit the OLS website. For additional resources on the Washington Paid Sick Leave Statute, refer to our previous updates on the topic:
If you have any questions about the proposed amendments (including whether and when you will need to amend your policies), or would like assistance updating your policies, consult with your legal counsel.
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