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Record No: Res 31662    Version: 1 Council Bill No:
Type: Resolution (Res) Status: Adopted
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 5/2/2016
Ordinance No:
Title: A RESOLUTION related to Directed Investigations, which are investigations of potential labor law violations initiated by the Director of the Office of Labor Standards; and requesting quarterly updates to the Council starting the end of the second quarter of 2016 on the development steps necessary to implement Directed Investigations.
Sponsors: Lisa Herbold
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Signed_Resn_31662.pdf, 3. Affidavit of Publication
CITY OF SEATTLE
RESOLUTION _________________

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A RESOLUTION related to Directed Investigations, which are investigations of potential labor law violations initiated by the Director of the Office of Labor Standards; and requesting quarterly updates to the Council starting the end of the second quarter of 2016 on the development steps necessary to implement Directed Investigations.
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WHEREAS, The City of Seattle ("City") has enacted the following four local labor laws, and may enact additional labor laws in the future: Paid Sick and Safe Time, Fair Chance Employment, Minimum Wage, and Minimum Compensation and Wage Theft, that provide benefits and protections to Seattle workers in addition to those provided by State and federal law; and
WHEREAS, the City's Office of Labor Standards (OLS) provides education and information to Seattle businesses and workers on the requirements and provisions for compliance with Seattle's labor laws; and
WHEREAS, the City recognizes that many businesses and workers receive information through their local business or community organizations and has funded local community based organizations and will be funding business organizations to help ensure they receive accurate and complete information; and
WHEREAS, the City recognizes that, even with significant outreach about its labor laws, non-compliance still occurs in every sector of Seattle's economy and is prevalent in particular sectors. Such sectors where noncompliance is more likely to occur often include particular high-risk industries, businesses with a history of noncompliance with other regulations, and vulnerable workers who may be afraid, unable, or unlikely to come forward with information about potential violations; and
WHEREAS, the Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) implemented Paid Sick and Safe Time (PSST) and Fair Chance Employment (FCE), the first local labor laws, before the establishment of OLS; and
WHEREAS, the 2014 Enforcement Audit of the PSST ordinance ...

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