What does "ban the box" or "fair chance employment" mean?

The Seattle Fair Chance Employment law, commonly referred to as the ‘ban the box’ law, prohibits Seattle employers from asking job applicants up front about their arrest or conviction history. Employers can ask later on in the application process, but must cite a legitimate business reason to deny employment based on the applicant’s arrest or conviction history. This law is meant to help people who have criminal records maintain access to job opportunities, which is proven to help prevent repeat acts of crime. Continue reading

What is wage theft?

Wage theft is when an employer withholds all or part of a paycheck, including tips or overtime, for time that an employee has already worked and earned wages. Employers must pay their workers in full for all hours worked, including tips or overtime, and always at least the minimum wage. Employers must also keep payroll records for at least three years, and provide written explanation to workers about pay rates and deductions for each pay period. Continue reading

What is paid sick and safe time (PSST)?

PSST allows almost all workers in Seattle to take paid time off to care of themselves or of family members who are sick. In workplaces where there are at least five full-time employees, everyone is eligible for paid sick and safe time. That includes full-time, part-time, and temporary employees. You will start to accumulate your paid leave hours as soon as you begin your job. You can’t, however, start to use your paid leave until you’ve been working at your job for at least 180 days (six months). When taking sick leave, you should be paid your regular hourly rate, which cannot be less than Seattle’s minimum wage. When on sick leave, employers are not required to pay workers lost tips or commissions. Continue reading

What is the minimum wage in Seattle?

As of January 1, 2017, your minimum wage depends on what size employer you have and what benefits they provide. Employees of Larger Businesses (501 or more employees nationwide) If the employer does not provide insurance to you  your minimum wage is $15 an hour. If the employer provided insurance meet affordable care act silver standards – in which the employer pays roughly 70% of the premium – and you use that insurance your minimum wage is $13.50 an hour. Employees of Smaller Businesses (500 or less employees nationwide) If you do not receive at least $2.00 in tips and medical insurance per hour, your minimum wage is $13.00. If you do receive at least $2.00 per hour in tips and medical insurance per hour, your minimum wage is $11.00.  You must still earn a total of $13 per hour from wages, tips and health benefits. Continue reading
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