Seattle Minimum Wage Guide: WLA and WRA publish minimum wage guide to help Seattle members comply with complex local law.

WLA and WRA publish minimum wage guide to help Seattle members comply with complex local law.

(June 10, 2015) There is nothing easy about Seattle’s new minimum wage ordinance. Employers have to understand a complicated phase-in schedule, figure out if they are Schedule 1 or 2 employers and navigate through a slew of confusing issues. That’s why WLA and WRA have commissioned a legal analysis of the ordinance, which the two organizations recently released. Their Seattle Minimum Wage Guide  helps members better understand and comply with the complex requirements.

The Seattle Minimum Wage Guide (MWG), which is available here, was prepared by an attorney and evaluates the Minimum Wage Ordinance as well as the related Rules and FAQ posted by the City of Seattle. It also includes a discussion of the new Administrative Wage Theft Ordinance and Washington State’s disclosure law concerning service charges. Government action, either through additional legislation or rules, is still needed to clarify several aspects of the ordinance.

The guide isn’t intended as legal advice and is no substitute for legal advice. If you have any questions about the information provided, or if you have any concerns or confusion about how the information below applies to your workplace, we strongly encourage you to seek the advice of a knowledgeable wage and hour attorney.


Supporting Articles

Tips in Seattle: Understanding what the new minimum wage ordinance means for employers with tipped employees (June 2, 2015

City of Seattle releases final administrative rules, an FAQ and workplace poster as first wage increases go into effect on April 1 under Minimum Wage Ordinance (March 31, 2015,


Additional Resources

WLA/WRA Guide to Seattle’s Minimum Wage

Seattle Minimum Wage Ordinance

Fact Sheet for Large Employers (501 or more employees)

Fact Sheet for Small Employers (500 or fewer employees)

City of Seattle Minimum Wage and Wage Theft Workplace Poster