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New Year’s Surprise: Seattle Changes Paid Sick Leave Law At Last Minute

12.20.17

Washington employers are already under the gun to develop policies and practices to meet the requirements of the state’s new paid sick law that takes effect on January 1, 2018. Those with multiple Washington locations have particularly been challenged to create a policy that complies with both state law and the laws in of various Washington municipalities, given that the state and city laws are not identical, and you are required to follow the law that is the “most generous” to employees. 

Now the city of Seattle has added another wrinkle by amending its Paid Sick and Safe Ordinance just this week – leaving those with operations in Seattle the potential need to rework their new policies immediately. Some, but not all of the key changes include:

For more information about this law and how to ensure compliance, please contact any member of our Seattle office at 206.682.2308, or your regular Fisher Phillips attorney.


This Legal Alert provides an overview of a specific new law. It is not intended to be, and should not be construed as, legal advice for any particular fact situation.

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