Effective September 1st, employers with employees working in the city of Seattle may need to provide paid sick leave under the new Paid Sick and Safe Time ordinance. The ordinance generally applies to all employers with five or more full time (or equivalent) employees and requires employers to provide paid sick and safe time for employees: (1) for their own or a family member’s illness or health condition; (2) when their place of business or their child's school is closed for health reasons; or (3) for reasons related to domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. (However, a new employer with less than 250 employees is exempt from the ordinance until 24 months following hire of its first employee.) Employees are eligible for leave if they perform more than 240 hours of work in Seattle within a calendar year and paid leave accrual rates depend on the size of the employer. For more information on other requirements and the ordinance in general, visit http://www.seattle.gov/civilrights/sickleave.htm.