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Seattle Sick and Safe: Critical Compliance Considerations


Recent amendments to Seattle’s Paid Sick and Safe Time (PSST) Ordinance require affected employers to provide eligible employees with written notice of the their policy and procedures for meeting the requirements of the ordinance.  Effective September 30, 2016, any employer who is not in compliance is subject to fines by the City of Seattle.  The notice must include: (1) information regarding the purpose of the ordinance; (2) information regarding the circumstances under which the paid time may be used; (3) the employer’s choice of benefit year; (4) the employer’s tier size; (5) employee’s rate of accrual; (6) use and carry-over of paid sick and paid safe time hours; (7) manner of providing employees with an updated amount of available paid sick and safe time hours each time wages are paid; and (8) notification requirements for absences and requesting leave among other things.

The mandatory notice can be accomplished by directing your employees to the relevant section(s) of your employee handbook  – assuming your existing sick time policy or PTO policy is compliant with the ordinance. However, if your sick/PTO policy is not compliant, then it must be revised as soon as possible.  If you would like us to review your handbook or want assistance in providing notice to your employees, do not hesitate to contact us.

Upcoming Labor & Employment Seminars:
“What’s in Your Handbook?”

Please note that KTC will be hosting its next Employment Department Breakfast Seminar on November 10, 2016 from 7:30am-9:15am. Tracy Miller will be presenting on the topic of employee handbooks.  Her presentation will include a discussion of critical policy provisions, including compliance with leave laws, classification of employees and non-discrimination policies. Follow the link below to register.

November 10, 2016
Karr Tuttle Campbell
701 5th Ave. #3300

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Coming Soon: 
“2016 – The Year in Review” + Cocktail Hour
The attorneys of the Employment Relations Department will provide you with an overview of the many new developments that occurred in the employment and labor arena in 2016. Please join us for an insightful afternoon seminar and cocktail hour on December 14th.
December 14, 2016
Karr Tuttle Campbell
701 5th Ave. #3300

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