In Labor Day weekend spirit, we’ve been breaking a sweat to exploring the ways our city supports local workers.
Whether you’re an independent contractor, a company employee, a job hunter, or run a small biz, the city has many essential resources worth a look. Let’s dive in.
For job seekers
The Seattle Jobs Initiatives also has career-driven programs for folks who want to break into industries like healthcare, logistics, and even maritime — in case watching “Deadliest Catch” inspired you.
For worker bees
If you have a gig already, get acquainted with Seattle’s Office of Labor Standards, which establishes worker protections. Four ordinances apply to all city employers — keep them bookmarked.
- Paid Sick and Safe Time requires employers to provide paid leave for either critical safety issues or a personal or family member’s medical condition.
- Fair Chance Employment limits how employers can use conviction + arrest records when considering hires.
- The Minimum Wage Ordinance sets (you guessed it) minimum wages for Seattle. The number is currently at $18.69 per hour for companies that have 501+ employees and $16.50-$18.69 for smaller employers.
- The Wage Theft Ordinance allows OLS to investigate complaints of nonpayment of wages, tips, and other compensations — along with setting certain wage disclosure requirements.
All of the above are good resources to keep in mind if you have employees. In fact, there are pre-recorded webinars for those that need a refresher on the latest rules.
Be sure to check out the Office of Economic Development, which has a whole crew of small business advocates at your service. You can also read through a free handbook before getting started with that million dollar idea. Good luck.