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Seattle is the first city in the United States to have a Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. In July 2018, the City passed a Domestic Workers Ordinance. This law gives minimum wage, rest break, and meal break rights to domestic workers. It also creates a Domestic Workers Standards Board. The Seattle Office of Labor Standards will oversee this law.

In September 2018, the City also added civil rights for domestic workers to our City’s existing Fair Employment Practices law. The Seattle Office for Civil Rights will oversee these protections. Both ordinances begin on July 1, 2019. Current labor standards (like Paid Sick and Safe Time) and civil rights laws provide many rights to domestic workers who are employees.

If a nanny, house cleaner or attendant supports you or your family in the home, and you would like to learn more about the Ordinance and being a Fair Care employer, please contact Erica Sklar at [email protected].

To learn more about labor standards for employees, visit the Office of Labor Standards website or call us at 206-256-5297.

To learn more about civil rights for employees, visit the Seattle Office for Civil Rights’ website or call them at 206-684-4500.

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