As if a record minimum wage in Seattle isn't enough, the office responsible for enforcing Seattle’s expanding labor laws needs $6 million in 2017 to cover its operations. On Wednesday, Seattle City Council members will be considering a new fee on businesses to fund it.
Under a proposal by City Council member Lisa Herbold, the city would levy a new annual fee on businesses specifically for funding the Office of Labor Standards — currently paid for through the city’s general fund. City Council’s District 3 rep Kshama Sawant and others have repeatedly called for OLS to receive more funding to better enforce and educate the public on Seattle’s minimum wage law.
Under the proposal, the fee would be applied to businesses with five or more employees. In order to generate the office’s estimated $6 million operating budget in 2017, the city would need to levy a fee of $22.47 per employee.
(via Capitol Hill Seattle)