Overview of Seatac’s Paid Sick Time Campaign and Law
In November 2013, voters in SeaTac, Washington passed a law that gives certain hospitality and transportation workers a variety of new labor rights, including the right to earn paid sick time (at a rate of 1 hour for every 40 hours worked). Covered employers are also required to pay eligible workers a lump sum payment at the end of the calendar year equivalent to the compensation due for any unused compensated time.
The law also raises the minimum wage to $15 an hour for these workers, gives them a right to keep their tips, and requires hospitality and transportation employers to offer additional hours to part-time employees before they may hire new part-time
The initiative went into effect on January 1, 2014 for many covered workers, but it has been held up in litigation as applied to a subset of workers. In December 2013, a judge with the King County Superior Court upheld the law but ruled that the law could not apply to workers and employers who do business on the property of Seatac International Airport. The decision has been appealed to the Washington Supreme Court, so coverage of workers at Seatac Airport could change depending on the outcome.
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