Seattle Commuter Benefits Ordinance Effective January 1, 2020

Effective January 1, 2020, businesses based in Seattle with twenty or more employees must offer those employees who work an average of ten hours or more per week the ability to deduct transit or vanpool expenses from an employee’s wages up to the maximum allowed by federal tax law. As an alternative, the employer may provide a transit pass that is either fully or partially subsidized. The employer must offer this benefit within 60 calendar days of the employee’s start date.

The Seattle Office of Labor Standards is developing rules to support the ordinance, including documentation requirements. Seattle employers covered by the ordinance should determine how they will implement these benefits and how they will comply with the rules.

Ordinance 14.30 »
Rules, Seattle Office of Labor Standards, Chapter 180 »
Additional Q&A regarding Ordinance »