We are starting to see a new wave of laws and regulations asserting employee rights and extending benefits. The Affordable Care Act is the most obvious example of this at the federal level, as well as stepped up enforcement of the long standing Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). However, an important new trend with a twist is starting to emerge. Municipalities are now getting into the act and creating their own local labor laws as well as a whole new layer of complexity for employers to navigate -and the trend is only just getting started.
Back in 2012 the City of Seattle enacted it’s own Sick Leave Ordinance: (Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance)