Toolkit: Secure Scheduling Ordinance

On Sept. 19, 2016, the Seattle City Council passed the Secure Scheduling Ordinance, 9-0.

The ordinance will require businesses provide:

  • Two weeks advanced notice of schedules
  • Premium pay for changes after posting schedules, except when mass communication is used
  • Extra pay when there is less than 10 hours between shifts
  • Any available hours offered to existing employees before hiring more employees

The Seattle Restaurant Alliance and Washington Restaurant Association have been collaborating with the city on scheduling legislation since day one.

We worked hard on behalf of our members to create the best scheduling policy outcomes for employees and restaurateurs that won’t remove the flexibility employees enjoy.

We are pleased that in working with the city and labor advocates we made some positive moves through amendment additions that will benefit employees.

We are diving deep into what this legislation means for your business.

Have some time and love details? Read our in-depth analysis of the ordinance here.

Rather digest this information in bite-sized pieces? We’ll be breaking it down over the coming days and posting the smaller pieces here.

Secure Scheduling Ordinance took effect July 1, 2017

Watch our quick VIDEO to learn about the ordinance.


New! Employer Toolkit is here

Download the city’s labor poster.

We have an Employee Toolkit. Let us know if you would like one to prepare your staff.

Watch our on-demand Secure Scheduling Ordinance webinar recorded in partnership with the Seattle Restaurant Alliance, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Washington Retail Association on June 12, 2017. Email for the link.

New! Listen to our quick podcast


Test your knowledge! Take the Secure Scheduling Ordinance quiz.

Take the quiz here.

Looking for more information or have a specific question? Email

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