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September 23, 4:00 PM click here to comment > 6

Paid sick leave signed into law

Today Mayor McGinn signed Seattle’s new paid sick leave ordinance into law at Capitol Hill’s Plum Bistro. Plum Bistro’s owner Makini Howell was one of the first Seattle business owners to get involved in advocating for this legislation.

Makini Howell

This law will level the playing field in Seattle by supporting public health and economic justice.

84% of the highest paid workers nationally have access to paid sick leave. But only 32% of the lowest-paid workers have this benefit. They are denied the opportunity to care for their families and care for themselves.

Women are disproportionately impacted. 37% of all working women have no access to paid sick leave, even though women are more likely to be the primary caregivers. Single moms are hit even harder by the lack of paid sick days, making it difficult for them to save money, find economic security, and care for their children.

It’s also a public health issue. Adults without paid sick leave are 1.5 times more likely to go to work with a contagious illness, like the flu, than adults with paid sick leave. To safeguard the public welfare, health, safety, and prosperity of the City of Seattle, all persons working in our community should have access to adequate paid sick and safe leave. Doing so will ensure a more stable workforce in our community, thereby benefiting workers, their families, employers, and the community as a whole.

Thank you to the Seattle Coalition for a Healthy Workforce, the Economic Opportunity Institute and Councilmember Nick Licata for their leadership on this bill.

Posted by: Words: April Thomas, Pictures: Jen Nance


Comment from andree k
Time September 24, 2011 at 1:32 am

great job mayor mcginn!

Comment from Henrietta Good
Time September 29, 2011 at 11:11 am

Dear Mayor McGinn,
The Paid Sick Leave Law may be the last straw for many small businesses, and a great boon for large businesses and labor unions. I soubt that this is what was intended. Please provide all of us clear, “real language” parameters so that we know if we are impacted and how we are to implement the record keeping needed…Of course while we are trying to survive on a skeleton overhead staff.

Comment from Andreas
Time September 29, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Oh great, city councilpersons. Many businesses are on the fringe as it is in this economy, and you passed more hardship on them. I see you’ve done your homework.
Now another segment of Seattle business will go OUT OF BUSINESS because you chose to be politically correct instead of economically correct. What incompitent fools.
And some of you are up for re-election. May the voters , so to speak, push you down the stairs in a wheelchair, because it’s what you deserve, you assholes.

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Comment from Sebastian DeGroot
Time February 25, 2012 at 4:05 am

Great job Mr. Mayor!!! At least it;’s a start.
We in the Netherlands have had paid sickleave for many years. Our employers are obliged by law to pay an employee his or her full salary for 104 weeks before an other legal arrangement oblie the State to provide furthes financial support (70% of the salary, dependable of how many years he/she has beeb employed. And after that there’s always social benefit (65% of the salary). Howe about introducing maternaty leave for working women. Over here women have a right to take paid leave for 3 weeks before and 3 weeks after the birth of their baby.