Seattle’s Initiative 124: Get in Compliance – Toolkit

Seattle’s Initiative 124: Get in Compliance – Toolkit

10/25/17 UPDATE: SMC 14.25, the new ordinance created by I-124  took effect on November 30, 2016.  The rulemaking timeline has not yet been released by the city.

Seattle voters passed Initiative 124 on Nov. 8, 2016.

Initiative 124 concerns health, safety and labor standards for Seattle hotel employees.

This initiative requires certain-sized hotel-employers to further protect employees against assault, sexual harassment and injury by retaining lists of accused guests among other measures; improve access to health care; limit workloads; and provide limited job security for employees upon hotel ownership transfer. Requirements except assault protections are waivable through collective bargaining. The city may investigate violations. Persons claiming injury are protected from retaliation and may sue hotel-employers. Penalties go to city enforcement, affected employees and the complainant.

Is your hotel impacted? Click here to dig into our in-depth document detailing who is impacted and how to get in compliance. Click here to visit the city’s website to learn more.

Compliance details in bite-sized pieces:


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Questions? Email jillianh(at)