May 05, 2015
On Jan 27, 2015, the Tacoma City Council voted to enact paid sick days legislation, requiring all private sector employers with one or more employees to offer paid sick and safe leave. The ordinance requires all private sector employers with one or more employees to offer up to three days (24 hours) of paid leave per year, accrued at a rate of 40 hours worked to one hour paid leave earned, to all employees working in Tacoma. Accrued, but unused, paid leave will be carried over so an employee can use up to five days of leave in their second year of employment. The paid leave can be used for cases of employee illness, illness of a family member or for bereavement. Importantly, the legislation also includes protections for workers experiencing stalking, domestic violence and/or sexual assault to take paid time off to pursue legal protection and safety planning. The ordinance is effective Feb. 1, 2016.
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