Despite intensive efforts by the City of Seattle and by private organizations, many employers are not complying with the Seattle Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance. Details about the ordinance are available here and here.
The Office of the City Auditor has released a study conducted by the University of Washington, based on a survey of Seattle businesses. Research results included the following:
- More than a quarter of covered employers offer neither paid sick leave nor other paid time off to any employee.
- About two-thirds offered no paid sick time or PTO to part-time employees.
- More than 40 percent did not know about the ordinance.
- Of those who know about the ordinance and do not offer paid leave, about 60 percent do not intend to change their policies.
While additional employers are likely to come into compliance over time, these statistics show that the City has a long way to go to convince many employers to provide paid sick leave.
If you have questions about compliance with the ordinance, please contact the Foster Pepper Employment & Labor group.