With Washington State’s paid sick leave law taking effect on January 1, 2018, Washington employers should be prepared to implement statewide policies in addition to policies covering employees in SeaTac, Seattle, Spokane, and Tacoma. However, employers should not overlook changes to the Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Time (PSST) Ordinance that were adopted on December 15, 2017. The City of Seattle adopted Council Bill 119145 that amended Sections 14.16.010, 14.16.015, 14.16.020, 14.16.025, 14.16.030, 14.16.040, 14.16.045, 14.16.050, 14.16.055, 14.16.120, 14.22.010, and 14.22.020 of the Seattle Municipal Code (SMC).

The PSST amendments incorporate at the local level the more employee-friendly provisions of Washington Initiative 1433, which established statewide paid sick leave. Further, although Initiative 1433 applies to hourly employees working in Seattle and throughout Washington State, overtime-exempt employees are not eligible. But the PSST amendments would apply Initiative 1433’s provisions equally to hourly and overtime-exempt employees working in Seattle (with limited exceptions).

A summary of amendments to the PSST follows.