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What Effect Will Seattle Sick Leave Policy Have on Contractors?


The City of Seattle Paid Sick/Safe Leave Ordinance, effective September 1, establishes minimum paid sick/safe leave standards for businesses operating within the Seattle city limits. In June, however, the Associated General Contractors of Washington (AGC) reached an agreement with the five major construction related unions, the Laborers, Teamsters, Operating Engineers, Cement Masons and Carpenters, part of which included a coverage waiver regarding the Sick/Safe Time Ordinance.  While this is great news for contractors signatory to these unions, non-union merit shop contractors are still subject to this agreement and could be adversely affected.

Under this ordinance, employers with five or more full time employees are required to provide paid sick and safe time beginning September 1, 2012.  Furthermore, employees that work 240 hours or more in Seattle each calendar year are required to be covered.  Therefore, a merit shop contractor located out of the Seattle area may be subject to these rules if their employees work 240 hours or more on jobs inside the city limits. If paid sick leave is already provided, they still may be subject to the new rules if they provide fewer days than the ordinance stipulates.  For more information on the September 1 ordinance and how it can affect you, please visit the following resources: