Bills target Seattle sick leave policy

OLYMPIA — Seattle’s sick leave law is being targeted in by two new bills introduced in the Senate.

The city’s law requires businesses with at least five employees operating in Seattle to provide paid sick leave to workers. It took effect in September.

Two bills introduced Tuesday by Senate Republicans would directly impact that law. One would take Seattle’s law off the books completely by declaring that the Legislature has the sole responsibility for sick-leave requirements. Another would just scale back the city law, by prohibiting cities from requiring sick leave for employers based outside the city.

Both measures were introduced Tuesday by Centralia Republican John Braun. Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, D-Medina, is a co-sponsor on both.

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