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Record No: CB 118765    Version: Council Bill No: CB 118765
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 9/19/2016
Ordinance No: Ord 125135
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to employment in Seattle; adding a new Chapter 14.22 to the Seattle Municipal Code; establishing secure scheduling requirements for covered retail and food services establishments; prescribing remedies and enforcement procedures; amending Section 14.20.025 of the Seattle Municipal Code to add good faith estimates of work schedules to notice of employment information; amending Section 6.208.020 of the Seattle Municipal Code to condition business license registration on compliance with secure scheduling requirements; and amending Section 3.14.945 of the Seattle Municipal Code to add Chapter 14.22 to the list of ordinances administered and enforced by the Office of Labor Standards.
Sponsors: Lisa Herbold, M. Lorena González
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Central Staff Memo and Proposed Amendments (9/7/16), 3. Revised Amendment 4 (added 9/8/16), 4. Final Memo - Amendments to Secure Scheduling (added 9/12/16), 5. Revised Amendments 6 and 7 (added 9/13/16), 6. Signed Ord 125135, 7. Affidavit of Publication
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AN ORDINANCE relating to employment in Seattle; adding a new Chapter 14.22 to the Seattle Municipal Code; establishing secure scheduling requirements for covered retail and food services establishments; prescribing remedies and enforcement procedures; amending Section 14.20.025 of the Seattle Municipal Code to add good faith estimates of work schedules to notice of employment information; amending Section 6.208.020 of the Seattle Municipal Code to condition business license registration on compliance with secure scheduling requirements; and amending Section 3.14.945 of the Seattle Municipal Code to add Chapter 14.22 to the list of ordinances administered and enforced by the Office of Labor Standards.
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WHEREAS, businesses need an appropriate level of staffing to provide services and sell goods; however, the appropriate level of staffing cannot always be precisely estimated or can change due to numerous factors, such as weather conditions and local and national events; and
WHEREAS when an employer pays per hour, its labor costs are determined by the number of hours an employee works, as compared to the fixed cost of a salaried employee, and it has an economic incentive to be able to respond to changing business needs by reducing and adding employee hours; and
WHEREAS, when an employee's hours are reduced, it changes the amount of income an employee will earn that pay period; and
WHEREAS, when an employee is asked to work additional hours or an employee's hours are changed with minimal notice, such changes often create conflicts with an employee's other responsibilities such as child care, other jobs, or school schedules; and
WHEREAS, when an employee is required to remain available to come in to work if needed, but is not compensated if not needed, the employee is therefore not compensated for foregoing the opportunity to tend to other responsibilities or pursue other interests;...

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