Late last year, the City of Seattle, Washington conducted an overhaul of its labor laws, enhancing employee protections and standardizing employer compliance requirements with the passage of Ordinance 124960. The changes affect the way employers must administer their workplace policies and procedures and provide greater protection to applicants and employees that work within City boundaries.
The Ordinance was effective January 16, 2016, with certain provisions effective as of April 1, 2016. Several of the provisions are included in the City’s “soft launch” of the law, including the requirement that Seattle employers post the new Seattle 4-In-One “Workplace Poster.” Provisions included in the soft launch will not result in enforcement penalties or fines until September 30, 2016.
The Ordinance makes significant changes to the following laws:
- Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance (SMC 14.16)
- Fair Chance Employment Ordinance (SMC 14.17)
- Minimum Wage Ordinance (SMC 14.19)
- Wage Theft Ordinance (SMC 14.20)
The revisions strengthen penalties, remedies and enforcement procedures; harmonize ordinance provisions; provide new definitions, qualifications, and requirements; and impose new notice and posting responsibilities. The mandatory 4-In-One “Workplace Poster” highlights labor standards important to applicants and employees, including the Wage Theft and Fair Chance Employment Ordinances. Employers also have more specific written notice requirements under the Wage Theft Ordinance and the Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance.
Click on the image to order the Seattle 4-In-One Labor Law Poster.