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Hilary Wething to Study the Effects of Seattle’s Sick Leave Ordinance

Posted: 8/17/2018 (CSDE Research)

CSDE Fellow Hilary Wething, a doctoral student at the Evans School, received a grant from the Washington Center for Equitable Growth to examine how Seattle’s law requiring paid sick leave is impacting worker pay and productivity. Wething’s goal is “to learn whether Seattle workers have experienced any changes in their employment or take-home pay” because of the ordinance.

Wething’s dissertation examines earnings volatility and the implications of a local employer mandated public health policy, Seattle’s Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance, using Washington State Unemployment Insurance program data. She is also a project team member on the UW Minimum Wage Study, which is investigating the impact of a higher minimum wage.

 

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