April 1 is implementation day for Seattle’s new Minimum Wage Ordinance. Starting April 1, large businesses with over 500 employees must pay workers wages of at least $11 per hour. Smaller businesses with 500 or fewer employees must pay either a flat hourly wage of $11, or a wage of $10 per hour with an additional $1 per hour in compensation comprised of tips or payments made to a qualifying medical-benefits plan.

The City of Seattle’s Office of Labor Standards, a new division within the Seattle Office for Civil Rights, has released the Final Administrative Rules for the new Ordinance, along with detailed set of Frequently Asked Questions.