Employer's Guide to Washington Paid Sick & Safe Time

Apr 04, 2017   Print PDF

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While the statewide mandatory paid sick and safe leave for employees will not go into effect until next year, several cities throughout the state have their own regulations currently in place.

The city regulations vary depending on location, type of business, and number of employees. Businesses with employees in these city limits should review their policies and practices to ensure they are compliant.

The table below offers a high-level comparison of the pending state regulations and the cities that currently have their own requirements. If you have specific questions regarding how these regulations impact your business, contact a member of the Stokes Lawrence Employment group.

Download a printable version of the table.


Location Type of Leave Employer Type Accrual Max Accrual/
Carryover Per Calendar Year
WA State (effective 2018) Paid Sick & Safe Time All employers 1 hour per 40 hours worked No cap on accrual
SeaTac Paid Sick & Safe Time Hospitality or Transportation Employer, as defined by Ordinance 1 hour per 40 hours worked Lump sum payment for unused accrued time at end of calendar year
Seattle Paid Sick & Safe Time 4 - 49 FTEs 1 hour per 40 hours worked 40 Hours
50 - 249 FTEs 1 hour per 40 hours worked 56 Hours
250+ FTEs 1 hour per 30 hours worked 72 Hours (108 for employers with a paid time off (PTO) policy)
Spokane* Paid Sick & Safe Time Fewer than 10 employees 1 hour per 30 hours worked Maximum bank of 24 hours
10+ employees 1 hour per 40 hours worked Maximum bank of 40 hours
Tacoma Paid Sick & Safe Time, Bereavement All employers 1 hour per 40 hours worked Maximum bank of 24 hours


*The Spokane ordinance was recently amended to include a sunset provision, after which the law will no longer be effective. Section 09.01.140 . The law will be effective until December 31, 2017, or until the implementation the Washington state mandatory paid sick leave law, whichever occurs last.