Dealing With Seattle’s Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance


Originally published in the September 2012 issue of the King County Bar Association Bar Bulletin.

The wait for the Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance, which went into effect September 1, is over.

The City of Seattle, through the Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR), spent nine months after Mayor Mike McGinn signed the Ordinance to gather public comments and adopt final administrative rules implementing paid sick and safe leave for employees working in Seattle. Indeed, the SOCR’s proposed rules generated substantial comments from the employer community.

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