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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Seattle Passes Mandatory Paid Leave Ordinance

As expected, the Seattle City Council passed a paid leave law today. Here is an article by Chris Grygiel at the Seattle PI describing the vote and setting out some bullet points about the law.

Under the new law, companies employing people in Seattle must provide paid “sick leave” and “safe leave.” Sick time is for the employee or family member’s illness, injury, or other health condition; treatment; or preventive medical care.  Safe time is for absences related to domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking and for business or school closures because of  hazardous materials.

Time off is accrued at the rate of 1 hour for every 40 worked for smaller employers and 1 hour for every 30 worked if the employer has 250 employees. The maximum paid time off is 40 hours if there are fewer than 50 employees and 72 for larger employers. Hours can also be carried over from year to year. An employee need not be paid for unused hours at the end of employment.

Exempted from the leave requirements are employers with four or fewer employees.

You can review the new law here.


NLRB administrative law judge concludes discharge for Facebook posts was unlawful.

Hispanics United of Buffalo, (HUB) provides services to low-income clients.  One HUB employee posted the following message on her Facebook account about a coworker, Lydia Cruz-Moore, who had been complaining about coworkers via text messages and who had indicated she was going to take her complaint to management: Lydia Cruz, a coworker feels that we… Continue Reading

Washington Employers Get Rare Break From Supreme Court

Washington employers got a rare break from the Washington State Supreme Court on Thursday in a 5/4 decision (Wiggins did not participate) holding that employees cannot rely on WISHA to state a claim for wrongful discharge in violation of public policy. Matthew Cudney was discharged after complaining to management that his branch general manager was driving… Continue Reading