As you’ve probably heard, employees in the City of Seattle recently began to accrue paid sick and paid safe time (PSST) under Seattle’s Paid Sick/Safe Time Ordinance. The purpose of this ordinance is for use when an employee or family member needs to take time off from work due to illness or a critical safety issue. The ordinance applies to all employers with more than four full-time equivalent employees, which applies to many nonprofit arts and culture organizations. All employees are eligible for the new benefit, including full time, part-time and temporary workers.
A free information session is being held on Seattle’s Paid Sick/Safe Time Ordinance on Wednesday, October 3, 10 am – noon: Downtown Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Avenue, Wright/Ketcham Meeting Room (Level 4). No reservations are necessary.
If this time does not work, you may schedule a presentation for your organization, by contacting Jacque Larrainzar at 206-684-4533.
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.