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On July 1, 2017, Seattle’s Seattle Secure Scheduling requirements went into effect for hourly employees who work at large food services and retail establishments within Seattle city limits (SMC 14.22)

Are you affected?

Seattle’s Secure Scheduling ordinance applies to hourly employees working at:

  • Retail, food services or drinking establishments with 500+ employees worldwide
  • Full-service restaurants with 500+ worldwide employees and 40+ full service locations worldwide


What are the requirements?

  • Advance notice of work schedule – Employers must give employees their schedules 14 days in advance.
  • Good faith estimate – For the upcoming year, employer must provide a written forecast of employee’s median hours per work week and whether to expect on-call shifts.
  • Right to request input into work schedule – Before the work schedule is posted, employer must grant schedule requests related to a major life event unless the employer identifies a bona fide business reason
  • Right to rest between work shifts – Employer must pay time-and-a-half for any hours worked between closing and opening (“clopening”) shifts that are separated by less than 10 hours.
  • Access to hours for current employees – Before hiring new employees, employer must post notice of available hours for 3 days and offer the job to qualified, current employee(s), subject to exceptions
  • Premium pay for work schedule changes after schedule is posted.
    • Additional hours: Employer must provide an additional hour of pay, plus wages earned.
    • Subtracted hours: Employer must pay for half of the hours not worked, plus wages earned, for regular and on-call shifts

Need some help?

HotSchedules’ industry leading labor management solutions can help your business stay compliant with these complex mandates.

If you are ready to speak to a HotSchedules representative about secure scheduling, please fill out the form below and someone will be in touch.


Contact the city of Seattle for private and free Employer Services, include technical assistance and training at (206) 256-5297 or online at

The materials and information included on this page are provided for informational purposes only. They are not intended either as a substitute for professional advice or judgment or to provide legal or other advice with respect to particular circumstances.

HotSchedules recommends that you consult an attorney licensed to practice law in your state for a professional analysis of the employment and other laws that impact your business.