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Proposed Rule Changes for 2018

Tacoma's Paid Sick Leave Will Change in 2018 

Tacoma employers and workers are reaching out to us with questions about the impacts of voter-approved Washington State Initiative 1433, which relates to statewide paid sick leave and minimum wage. In order to align City law with the State's new paid sick leave requirements, amendments to Tacoma Municipal Code (TMC) Chapter 18.10 “Paid Sick Leave” were adopted on September 26, 2017. The amended City law will take effect on January 1, 2018.


Weigh in on the City's Paid Sick Leave Rules 

In addition to amending the Tacoma Municipal Code, the City is also revisiting the paid sick leave rules. The rules provide more detailed guidance on how paid sick leave laws apply in the workplace. The 2018 Draft Paid Sick Leave Rules are available now for your review: 

The City will be seeking public feedback on the rules until 4 PM on Friday, December 1, 2017. 


We Want to Hear From You-Attend a Public Meeting!

The City will be hosting four public hearings in 2017 to provide information and hear from community members on the draft rules.

  • Tuesday, November 7, 5:30-7 PM
    Swasey Library Meeting Room, 7001 6th Ave.

  • Wednesday, November 8, 2-3:30 PM
    Lincoln District Project Office, 750 S. 38th St. (Limited parking)

  • Thursday, November 9, 10:30 AM-Noon
    STAR Center Discovery Room, 3873 S. 66th St.

  • Thursday, November 30, 10-11:30 AM
    Main Branch of the Tacoma Public Library, Olympic Room, 1102 Tacoma Avenue South 

You can also provide your comments in writing or send them by email until 4 PM on Friday, December 1, 2017. The new rules will take effect on January 1, 2018. Sign up for Employment Standards Email Updates to get more information as it becomes available.


Learn More About Tacoma's Paid Sick Leave at Informational Sessions

Want to know more? The City will host two information sessions for employers and workers who want to learn all more about the new law taking effect in 2018. 

  • Tuesday, December 12, 2-3:30 PM
    Main Branch of the Tacoma Public Library, Olympic Room, 1102 Tacoma Avenue S.

  • Wednesday, December 13, 6-7:30 PM
    Fern Hill Library Meeting Room, 765 S. 84th St. 

City staff always welcome your questions on paid sick leave. In addition to the information provided online, you can reach our office by email or by calling (253) 591-5306.