- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 17, 2019

SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle City Council has voted unanimously to adopt hotel-worker protections meant to replace and improve on a voter-approved law that was struck down in court.

The Seattle Times reports Monday’s ordinances restrict the area that workers can be made to clean in a day while requiring hotels to provide workers with emergency panic buttons, help them pay for health care and retain them during ownership changes.

The ordinances are similar to Initiative 124, which was invalidated because of the way the ballot measure was written.

Unlike I-124, the new ordinances include no provision requiring hotels to keep lists of guests accused of assaulting or harassing workers and to bar those guests in certain circumstances.

Several hotel workers and union leaders urged the council to move ahead with the ordinances.

Several hotel-industry representatives objected to aspects of the new requirements, which are scheduled to take effect next July in most cases.


Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com

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