On September 12, the Seattle City Council passed an ordinance mandating paid leave for employees who perform work in Seattle. Mayor Mike McGinn signed the ordinance into law on September 23. According to press reports, “This bill is about ensuring healthier workplaces by preventing the spread of disease.” However, the ordinance casts a wide net, mandating paid sick leave when an employee’s family member is sick, as well as paid leave when an employee or his or her family member needs “safe time” because of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. And it broadly defines “family member” to include spouses, domestic partners, children, parents, parents-in-law and grandparents.
According to the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, the ordinance is “a complex, bureaucratic and prescriptive mandate” for employers.
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