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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Seattle Sick Leave Ordinance Coming Sept. 1

Seattle's new Paid Sick/Safe Time Ordinance will take effect on September 1. Employees will begin to accrue paid leave time for when they are ill or have a critical safety issue.  It applies to all employees with more than four full-tim equivalent employees, although all employees (full-time, part-time and temporary) are eligible.  The Seattle Office of Civil Rights is working closely with Seattle employers to implement the new requirements.

KOMO News has a story on the mixed feelings that Seattle businesses have regarding the new rules.  GSBA member Joe Fugere of Tutta Bella is featured praising the ordinance.  "This is one of those things that was a no brainer for us," said Fugere, whose company began working on a sick leave policy before the ordinance was passed.  Elliot Bronstein of the Seattle Office of Civil Rights says that while there will be an impact, it "will actually be less than people fear."

The City of Seattle will hold another informational workshop at Ballard Swedish Hospital on August 21. For more information, visit the Office of Civil Rights' website where you can find a general summary of the ordinance as well as an FAQ.

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