City of Seattle Mandates Paid Sick Leave for Employees

On September 12, 2011, the City Council of Seattle, Washington passed an ordinance requiring certain employers to provide paid sick time and safe time to their employees. Council Bill No. 117216. The ordinance, which enters into force on September 1, 2012,  mandates that employers of five or more employees afford their employees five paid sick days per year for their own illness or that of another person for whom they provide care. Employees who are victims of domestic violence may also use the leave for purposes of cooperating with law enforcement and court proceedings. Employers with 250 or more employees are required to provide nine days of paid leave. Companies with fewer than four employees are exempt from the leave requirement. Employees will commence accruing paid sick leave after working 240 hours.

A video of the City Council’s September 12 meeting is available here.

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