Businesses preparing to bring remote workers back to the City of Seattle should take time to ensure their employment practices comply with both state and local labor ordinances. This was driven home by a recent $250,000 settlement reported by the Seattle Office of Labor Standards (OLS) involving alleged violations of rules governing travel time, meal periods, and rest breaks. This is a good reminder that OLS has broad authority to enforce Washington State’s employment laws along with its own labor ordinances. So that your organization is prepared for your workers to return to the City, we have prepared a refresher survey of Seattle’s labor ordinances, along with tips for compliance.
Seattle’s Independent Contractor Protections Ordinance becomes effective on September 1, 2022.
Seattle’s Wage Theft Ordinance, which became effective on April 1, 2015, imposes many wage notice requirements.
Seattle’s Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance, which became effective in 2012, establishes minimum standards for employers to provide paid sick and safe time (PSST) to employees who work within Seattle city limits.
Seattle’s Minimum Wage Ordinance, which became effective in 2015, establishes minimum wage standards for employees working within Seattle city limits.
Lane Powell’s team of labor and employment attorneys is here to help your organization comply with state and local laws, and develop and implement the strategy that supports your business and your employees. For more information, contact Katheryn Bradley or Hannah Ard. Keep up-to-date by subscribing to Lane Powell’s Legal Updates.
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