SEATTLE MINIMUM WAGE ORDINANCE
Seattle’s Minimum Wage Ordinance has taken effect as of
April 1, 2015.
On June 3, 2014, Mayor Murray signed a new minimum wage ordinance passed by Seattle City Council. Beginning April 1, 2015, the ordinance will increase in the minimum wage in the City of Seattle to $15 an hour, phased in over time.
Large employers (businesses with more than 500 or more employees in the United States) will reach $15/hourminimum wage in 3 years. Large employers that pay toward health care benefits will reach $15/hour in 4 years.
Small employers (businesses with 500 or fewer employees in the United States) will reach $15/hour in 7 years. Also established is a minimum compensation responsibility for all small employers to reach $15/hour within the first 5 years, which can be achieved by combining employer-paid health care benefits, tips, and wages.
- Workplace Poster
- Fact Sheet for Large Employers (501 or more employees)
- Fact Sheet for Small Employers (500 or fewer employees)
- Presentation about Minimum Wage Ordinance
Rules & Ordinances
- Minimum Wage Ordinance – Council Bill 118098 / Ordinance 124490
- Minimum Wage – City Council Resolution 31524
- SOCR Rules for Minimum Wage – Chapter 90
- SOCR Rules for Minimum Wage (PDF) – Chapter 90
- Minimum Wage Ordinance – SMC Chapter 14.19
- April 14, 2015: Business Breakfast Meeting with Employers on Seattle’s Minimum Wage Law ( Event Flyer)
Open to the general public.
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