Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Time Plan Finalized

During the April 23 to May 13 notice and comment period, one of the points of the plan has gone back and forth: Should “normal hourly compensation”, for purposes of calculating payment to employees for the use of sick and safe time, include or exclude holiday pay and other premium rates?

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The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries requirement calls for holiday pay and other premium rates to be excluded from such calculations, although an initial revision draft of the Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Time Plan went again the state ruling and called for holiday pay and other premium rates to be included in the calculation.

However, at the end of the April 23 to May 13 notice and comment period, the Office of Labor Standards did modify the definition of “normal hourly compensation” for the Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Time Plan to exclude holiday pay and other premium rates, so that the calculation is in agreement with the state’s DOL calculation requirement. 

Final rule – exclude holiday pay and other premium rates from the calculation of Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Time. 

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