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Paid Sick Leave Laws: Washington Local Ordinances Legal Guide

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Spokane’s paid sick leave ordinance took effect on January 1, 2017, joining Seattle and Tacoma in establishing unique local paid sick leave requirements for private employers in Washington. If your employees perform any work in these three cities, you’ll want to review our legal guide summarizing and comparing these local ordinances.

Why do I need this legal guide?

  • Does our company need to comply with local paid sick leave ordinances in Washington?

    Each city has its own rules for determining what employers are covered and which employees are eligible for paid sick leave.

  • Understand what types of absences are protected.

    These ordinances grant employees protected time off for many reasons, not just employee illness.

  • Evaluate whether your existing paid leave policy complies with relevant ordinances.

    Each ordinance contains specific requirements that establish how quickly new hires and existing employees can earn and use paid sick leave, and whether they can carry unused leave over to the next year.

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