Another ordinance is on the horizon that could affect small businesses based in Seattle. Starting Jan. 1, 2020, businesses with more than 20 employees will be required under the city’s Commuter Benefits Ordinance to offer their employees the opportunity to make a monthly pre-tax payroll deduction for transit or vanpool expenses.
For Seattle employers not already providing a commuter benefit that meets this new criteria, Business Health Trust has resources available to help its members.
Through its partnership with the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, companies enrolled in Business Health Trust have access to discounts through Chamber partners including Commute Seattle, which can work with you to develop a cost-effective commute program that satisfies regulatory requirements.
More than just a benefits solution, Business Health Trust advocates for small business insurance needs in Washington. We are vigilant about staying on top of changes in the small business health insurance market and advocating for changes that benefit small businesses — nationally, and at the state and local level.
For more information on the Commuter Benefits Ordinance, click the following links:
- Q-and-A of the Commuter Benefits Ordinance from the City of Seattle
- Article on “What employers need to know about the new Transit Benefits Ordinance”
For more information or to be connected with Business Health Trust’s resources at Archbright or Commute Seattle, email firstname.lastname@example.org.