Seattle City Hall. • Photo by Rootology
Seattle City Hall. • Photo by Rootology

With Seattle’s new Minimum Wage Ordinance taking effect on April 1, 2015, the Seattle Office for Civil Rights is hosting three public meetings to gather information for the administrative rulemaking process:

Monday, November 3 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
in the Bertha Landes Room at Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Ave.
RSVP for 11/3 here

Wednesday, November 5 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
at NewHolly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Ave. S.
RSVP for 11/5 here

Thursday, November 13 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
at Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave. NE.
RSVP for 11/13 here

Registration is not required, but it is helpful for planning. Reasonable accommodations and language interpretation for meetings are available on request. Call 206-684-4507 for more information. Childcare will be available for the evening meeting on Wednesday, November 5.

Also visit http://www.seattle.gov/civilrights/minimumwage.htm for up-to-date information about Seattle’s Minimum Wage Ordinance. The website features a new Frequently Asked Questions section, plus links to the ordinance and contact information for submitting questions and comments. The site also will list other public meetings and events as they are scheduled.

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/hour minimum 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.

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