Seattle Amends Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance for COVID-19

In March 2020, Seattle amended their Paid Sick and Safe Time (PSST) Ordinance to expand the types of absences for which employees may use the PSST leave. Specifically, the amendment requires employers to now provide employees who work in Seattle with paid leave when their family member’s school or place of care has been closed for a public health related reason. The amendment allows for leave to care for any family member whose place of care or school is closed and not just their child. Additionally, for employers with businesses with 250+ full-time equivalent employees, they must allow PSST leave when their place of business has been closed for any health or safety reason.

Employers should familiarize themselves with this guidance so that they provide the required PSST leave.

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