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Questions about Seattle's Minimum Wage Ordinance? Resources to Answer Your Questions and Help Ensure Compliance

Published on March 31, 2015

By Kristin Nealey Meier

The Seattle Office of Labor Standards (OLS) has released the final Administrative Rules for the City of Seattle’s new Minimum Wage Ordinance (MWO). OLS has also posted a workplace poster and an expanded Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). The rules, poster and FAQs are available to view and download at The FAQs provide the most guidance for compliance and cover questions about which employers are required to pay minimum wage; how employers determine wage requirements; wage schedules; temporary workers; and notice and posting requirements.

During the first year of implementing the MWO, the OLS will use a compliance letter designed to quickly remedy violations, make the worker whole and provide employer education. OLS will not impose civil penalties, unless there is evidence of an egregious violation. While the compliance letter will permit informal resolutions of complaints, it will have almost every characteristic of a charge except for a civil penalty when a violation is found.

The Minimum Wage Ordinance went into effect April 1, 2015.

If you have further questions, please contact an attorney in the Employment Rights, Benefits and Labor Group at Ryan Swanson.

Kristin Nealey Meier is a partner in Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC’s Employment Rights, Benefits and Labor Group. She can be reached at 206.654.2293 or [email protected].

This message has been created by the Employment Rights, Benefits & Labor Group at Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC to advise of recent developments in the law. Because each situation is different, this information is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended to provide legal advice on any specific facts and circumstances. Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC is a full-service law firm located in Seattle, Washington.

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