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Apr 16, 2020

WASHINGTON: Seattle prohibits requiring doctors’ notes for PSST

COVID-19Leave Laws 

Beginning April 8, 2020, employers in Seattle aren’t allowed to require documentation from a health care provider to verify an employee’s use of Paid Sick and Safe Time (PSST), even if the employee is absent more than three days. You must identify another way for the employee to meet your verification requirements, such as by providing their own written statement or documentation from some other service provider. The City of Seattle Office of Labor Standards (OLS) adopted the change through a temporary emergency rule which is in effect through June 7, 2020. The purpose of the rule is to ease the burden on workers and the health care system due to risks and restrictions related to COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Tips For Employers: We encourage you to continue being as flexible as possible with employee leave during this unprecedented time. Your Vigilant Law Group employment attorney can assist you with any questions you have about current leave benefits and requirements.

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