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Record No: CB 119555    Version: Council Bill No: CB 119555
Type: Council Bill (CB) Status: In Committee
Current Controlling Legislative Body Housing, Health, Energy, and Workers’ Rights Committee
On agenda: 6/27/2019
Ordinance No:
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to employment in Seattle; requiring certain employers to make required healthcare expenditures to or on behalf of certain employees for the purpose of improving access to medical care; adding a new Chapter 14.28 to the Seattle Municipal Code (SMC); and amending Sections 3.15.000 and 6.208.020 of the SMC.
Sponsors: Teresa Mosqueda, M. Lorena González
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Central Staff Memo on Healthcare, 3. Proposed Substitute (added 8/15/19)
Related files: CB 119554
CITY OF SEATTLE
ORDINANCE __________________
COUNCIL BILL __________________
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AN ORDINANCE relating to employment in Seattle; requiring certain employers to make required healthcare expenditures to or on behalf of certain employees for the purpose of improving access to medical care; adding a new Chapter 14.28 to the Seattle Municipal Code (SMC); and amending Sections 3.15.000 and 6.208.020 of the SMC.

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WHEREAS, the City has identified a need to provide immediate protection to low-wage hotel employees by passing a package of new labor standards ordinances; and
WHEREAS, ensuring that low-wage hotel employees have access to high-quality, affordable health coverage can help create greater workplace satisfaction, healthier employees, and healthier customers, and improve population health; NOW, THEREFORE;
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY OF SEATTLE AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. A new Chapter 14.28 is added to the Seattle Municipal Code as follows:
Chapter 14.28 IMPROVING ACCESS TO MEDICAL CARE FOR HOTEL EMPLOYEES
14.28.010 Short title
This Chapter 14.28 shall constitute the "Improving Access to Medical Care for Hotel Employees Ordinance" and may be cited as such.
14.28.020 Definitions
For the purposes of this Chapter 14.28:
"Adverse action" means denying a job or promotion, demoting, terminating, failing to rehire after a seasonal interruption of work, threatening, penalizing, engaging in unfair immigration-related practices, filing a false report with a government agency, changing an employee's status to a nonemployee, or otherwise discriminating against any person for any reason prohibited by Section 14.28.120. "Adverse action" for an employee may involve any aspect of employment, including pay, work hours, responsibilities or other material change in the terms and conditions of employment;
"Agency" means the Office of Labor Standards and any division therein;
"Aggrieved party" means an employee or other person who suffers tangible or intang...

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