Seattle draft ordinance would add expensive health care costs for hotel retailers

Jun 28, 2019
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Written by Washington Retail
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Retailers operating in Seattle hotels would face significant health care insurance expenses under an ordinance that has been drafted by the City of Seattle. The City Council’s Housing, Health, Energy, and Workers’ Rights Committee is scheduled to discuss the proposal at its meeting on Tuesday at 5 p.m.

The 14-page document says that any business operating in a hotel building would be considered an “ancillary hotel business” required to improve health care access for hotel workers. Click here to review the language of the ordinance. You can watch committee meetings live by clicking here.

It would require certain such employers to make a monthly contribution on behalf of each employee in the following amounts:

  • $560 for an employee with no spouse, domestic partner or dependents
  • $952 for an employee with only dependents
  • $1,120 for an employee with only a spouse o domestic partner
  • $1,680 for an employee with a spouse or domestic partner and dependents.

It would apply to companies with at least 50 employees worldwide or 20 for franchisees. Click here to review the committee agenda for the meeting in the council chambers, 600 4th Avenue.

Washington Retail is analyzing language in the document to determine whether to engage further should it be introduced for consideration by city officials.