BUILD has partnered with the City of Seattle Office of Labor Standards to help educate and inform our community about their rights and responsibilities related to labor standards as employees or employers in the city of Seattle. Seattle Labor Standards cover all employees working in Seattle regardless of an employee’s immigration status. Seattle Labor Standards apply to all businesses and organizations operating in Seattle.
This page will provide the community with information and resources to keep them informed.
City of Seattle OLS Resources
Click the links below to access some FREE resources from the City of Seattle Office of Labor Standards (OLS) for employees and employers in the City of Seattle.
BUILD Labor Standards for Business Workshops
Join BUILD for our workshops designed to inform, educate, and update businesses and organizations in our community about their responsibilities as employers in the City of Seattle. Learn more about current laws and ordinances while obtaining free resources to keep your business or organization compliant. Check our upcoming workshops below and click on the images to register.
BUILD interviews OLS Investigators
Kathy Garza - OLS Investigator
Check out more information from the City of Seattle, Office of Labor Standards investigator, Kathy Garza. She interviews with our Labor Standards project manager, Deaunte Damper, to discuss the history of OLS and why reporting workplace concerns is so important for our community.
Daron Williams - OLS Investigator
Check out more information from the City of Seattle, Office of Labor Standards investigator Daron Williams. He interviews with our Labor Standards project manager, Deaunte Damper, to discuss his role, how investigations work, and the importance of the Black community speaking up and out.
Wage Theft is REAL!
If you (or someone you know) are NOT being paid fairly as an employee in Seattle for overtime or making the required minimum wage, reach out to BUILD for assistance.
Use the link below to learn more about this ordinance and to ensure you are receiving fair treatment from your employer.
Independent Contractors have rights too!
If you are an Independent Contractor working in the City of Seattle, be sure to learn about your rights under the Independent Contractor Protection Ordinance! Learn more about your rights under your contract and being paid in a timely manner.
Use the link below to learn more and contact BUILD if you need assistance.
Rest Breaks and Fair Scheduling
Remember that employees must receive standard rest breaks and lunch periods, based on the hours worked. Also, they MUST know their schedule in advance and be permitted to have input on their schedule. Don't think you're receiving your breaks or an interactive scheduling process, contact us below.
Job Applications cannot ask about Criminal History
Did you know that in the City of Seattle an employer CANNOT inquire about your criminal history on a job application?
If you think you've been unfairly asked for this information, contact BUILD for assistance or click the link below to learn more about the Fair Chance Employment Act.
Have Questions? Let's Chat!
If you think you have an issue with your employer or need assistance as a business/organization with compliance? Please provide your info below to get in touch with a BUILD representative. Protection of identifying information, language/interpretive services, and reasonable accommodations are available upon request.