City Council members and City of Tacoma staff are working to align the municipality’s “Paid Leave” requirements for all employers so they are consistent with the coming state rules on the same subject.

Voters across the state last November approved Initiative 1433 that requires paid sick leave and raised the state’s minimum wage as applied to all employers in Washington. In some aspects, the state rules are more generous than what Tacoma had already in place.

For example, there cannot be a 24 hours cap on accrued sick leave and employees will be eligible to use their leave after 90 days from hiring. And government employers are no longer exempt under the definition of employer, as had been true with Tacoma’s earlier provisions.

A City Council committee is now considering what changes will be necessary in the local rules so they comply with the state requirements. 

Materials from last night’s committee meeting are now available online, so employers can review them prior to formal action by the full Council later this summer.