Under SMC 14.25, low-income hotel workers who work 80 hours or more per month at a hotel of 100 rooms or more are entitled to additional wages reflective of the cost of attaining healthcare for your family. You are not eligible to receive additional wages if you earn more than 400% of the applicable poverty guideline for your household, or your employer already offers a gold healthcare plan covering your spouse and dependents for which you are required to pay no more than 5% of your gross earnings per month towards the premium.

Do I qualify for additional wages? 

I am eligible for additional wages. How much should I be receiving? 

The amount your employer is required to pay in additional wages depends on your income from that employer, your family composition, and your projected monthly healthcare premiums.

In order to determine how much you should be receiving in additional wages, you must know:

  • Your monthly income from your hotel employer
  • The number of people in your family and their ages.

You will also need to refer to the federal poverty guidelines and to the monthly premium rates for the lowest-cost gold plan offered on the Washington State Health Benefits Exchange.

Once you have gathered the above information, you can refer to the template below to calculate your healthcare payment.

If you need assistance making the above calculations or believe you should be receiving additional wages but aren’t, please contact us.