Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance (PSST)

The Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance (PSST) requires employers to provide paid sick and safe time for employees. PSST can be used for an employee’s absence from work due to illness, medical appointments, or a critical safety issue.

The ordinance applies to all employers with more than four full-time equivalent employees. All employees are eligible for the new benefit, including full time, part-time and temporary workers.

Employees will be able to use their accrued PSST as paid time off:

  • To deal with their own illness, injury or health condition.
  • To take care of a family member (including domestic partners) with an illness, injury or medical appointment.
  • When their place of business has been closed by order of a public official for health reasons.
  • For reasons related to domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

Did you know that PSST also includes Safe Time?

Paid Sick and Safe Time covers

  • Safe Time: Seattle workers can use PSST for reasons related to domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.
  • Safe Time: Seattle workers can also use PSST when faced with the closure of a workplace, school or place of care by a public official for health reasons (e.g. a flu epidemic).
  • Sick Time: Seattle workers can use PSST for personal illness or preventative care for themselves or for their children, grandparents, parents, parents-in-law, and spouse or registered domestic partner.

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