Seattle City Council Votes to Provide Mandatory paid sick and safe leave to Seattle workers

By: W Larry Williams
Today the Seattle City Council voted to make it mandatory for employers in Seattle to provide paid sick and safe leave employees. This is a good law that will be especially valuable to many minimum and low wage employees in the City of Seattle.
Tim Burgess, Council Member, City of Seattle, stated, “This afternoon I will vote in favor of an amended version of the Paid Sick and Safe Leave ordinance, a new law that will provide Seattle workers with access to paid leave when they or a family member become ill or a victim of domestic violence.”

Here is the link to Tim’s Newsletter: link:
Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess
Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess’ home page

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  1. This historic legislation that passed by the Seattle City Council yesterday is a model for the rest of the country.  The vote was 8 to 1, with only Council President, Richard Conlin voting no.  In supporting the ordinance, Council Member Bruce Harrell said that his view is not about “disenfranchised” folks, its about empowerment.  Paid Sick Leave allows parents to be able to take their children to the doctor, assist an elderly parent when ill, or just stay home when they are sick and contagious themselves. 

    The Council, in working with a broad based coalition of advocates, unions and small business leaders, amended the ordinance until it provided equity for community businesses.  Small businesses with 5 employees or less are exempt, as are new small businesses for their first two years of operation.  In addition, workers dependent on tips – such as in restaurants – can swap shifts rather than take a paid work day off.

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