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OLS Protects Immigrant and Refugee Rights

The Seattle Office of Labor Standards is committed to serving all of Seattle's workers and businesses to advance labor standards in the City of Seattle. Wage theft among immigrant and refugee workers is widespread and largely unreported. OLS offers free services to all people regardless of their immigration status. These services include investigating potential violations of labor standards, conducting outreach to workers and businesses, and providing resources and referrals. Read more about our Commitment to Immigrant and Refugee Communities.

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Office of Labor Standards Submits Public Comment Opposing the Trump Administration's Proposed Rulemaking

On October 19, 2018, OLS submitted the following public comment opposing the Trump Administration's proposed rulemaking on the definition of the term "public charge":

"On behalf of the Seattle Office of Labor Standards, I write to oppose in the strongest possible terms the Department of Homeland Security's cruel proposal to vastly expand the definition of "public charge." The proposed rule will adversely impact millions of immigrant families hoping to secure their permanent future in this country by discouraging them from seeking essential health and housing programs. Cities and states would also be harmed due to decreased participation in programs that improve the well-being of their communities." Read more...

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The Office of Labor Standards enforces Seattle’s labor standards ordinances to protect workers and educate employers on their responsibilities.