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Record No: CB 119220    Version: 1 Council Bill No: CB 119220
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
Final Action: 4/13/2018
Ordinance No: Ord 125559
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to the Office of Labor Standards; amending Section 14.19.025 of the Seattle Municipal Code to remove the authority to pay a subminimum wage to people with disabilities as set forth in RCW 49.46.060(2).
Sponsors: Teresa Mosqueda
Attachments: 1. Att A - Minimum Wage Ordinance Rule Revisions - September 29, 2017
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Signed Ordinance 125559
CITY OF SEATTLE
ORDINANCE __________________
COUNCIL BILL __________________
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AN ORDINANCE relating to the Office of Labor Standards; amending Section 14.19.025 of the Seattle Municipal Code to remove the authority to pay a subminimum wage to people with disabilities as set forth in RCW 49.46.060(2).
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WHEREAS, in 2015 The City of Seattle (City) established a citywide minimum wage; and
WHEREAS, the City modeled its ordinance on the State Minimum Wage Act, chapter 49.46 RCW; and
WHEREAS, RCW 49.46.060 provides that the director of Labor and Industries, "to the extent necessary in order to prevent curtailment of opportunities for employment, shall by regulations provide for...the employment of individuals whose earning capacity is impaired by age or physical or mental deficiency or injury, under special certificates issued by the director, at such wages lower than the minimum wage applicable under RCW 49.46.020 and for such period as shall be fixed in such certificates"; and
Whereas, on June 21, 2017 the Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities sent a letter to the Council and Mayor stating, "The Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities unanimously urges you and the City to uphold Seattle's commitment to equal rights and protections for people with disabilities, and end the exemptions to pay workers with disabilities subminimum wages."; and
WHEREAS, the City supports an inclusive workplace and equity for all workers; and
WHEREAS, the City of Seattle Office of Labor Standards (OLS) Director's Rules, adopted in September 2017, prohibit the OLS Director from issuing special certificates to pay a subminimum wage for people described in RCW 49.46.060(2); and
WHEREAS, the City agrees with these Rules and believes Seattle Municipal Code Section 14.19.025 should be amended accordingly; NOW, THEREFORE,
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY OF SEATTLE AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Section 14.19.025 of the Seattle Municipal Code, enacted by Ordinance 124960, is amended ...

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