Keep Current on New Seattle Labor Rules

May. 26, 2016 Hiring Strategies, Staffing News


Seattle’s employment landscape is changing… and quickly, but many employers are having a tough time keeping up. According to a recent story by the Seattle Times, the new Office of Labor Standards has been keeping very busy investigating violations of Seattle labor rules including: Paid Sick Leave, Ban-the-box, Wage Theft, and the $15 minimum wage laws. These violations haven’t been limited to the service industry – one of the largest settlements involves a national law firm.

If you’re one of the many Seattle-area organizations that is having a tough time keeping up with new laws and ordinances, we’re here to help you out. Here are three things you can do to keep in compliance and out of the Office of Labor Standards (OLS) sights:

Keep your ear to the ground

Since they do not do surprise inspections or audits, the OLS initiates an investigation upon receiving a report from someone concerned about a potential violation. Make sure your HR department is well abreast of current employment laws and keeps the lines of communication open with your workers. 

Keep your focus on your business

You are an expert in your field, but may not necessarily be so with hiring. Many companies are turning to staffing firms and outside consultants to provide staff. When they do so, they are putting the onus of complying with these laws on the employee’s companies, allowing you to focus on your business. 

Partner with local organizations

There are 10 community organizations and partnerships that have been selected by the OLS to provide outreach to workers about the new ordinances.

With just a small amount of time invested in researching these new laws, you can get on top of what it all really means. If you are still unsure about Seattle labor rules, Parker’s Business Development team has the knowledge to help you. Don’t hesitate to reach out.