Washington Leave of Absence (FMLA): What you need to know

The Washington State Family Leave Act (FLA) provides family leave for medical reasons, for the birth or placement of a child, and for the care of a family member who has a serious health condition (WA Rev. Code Sec. 49.78.020).
With a few exceptions discussed below, the state FLA is identical to the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and any leave taken under the state law runs concurrently with federal family and medical leave. Covered employers must post, in conspicuous place(s) in which notices are customarily posted, a notice of employees' rights under the state law and information pertaining to the filing of a charge.
Posting . Employers must post notices of an employees’ rights and obligations under the law in a conspicuous place where employees would expect to find such notices. This information is provided on the required Your Rights as a Worker poster, which is available on the state Department of Labor Industries website, www.lni.wa.gov. An employer that violates the posting requirement may be subject to a civil penalty of not more than $100 for each separate offense.
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State law differs from federal FMLA in some respects:
Pregnancy disability. Leave for sickness or temporary disability because of pregnancy or childbirth does not count against an employee’s FLA leave entitlement. The federal FMLA covers an employee’s pregnancy disability, assuming it meets the standard for a serious health condition.
State pregnancy disability law (separate from the FLA) provides that employers grant a "reasonable leave of absence" for a temporary disability resulting from pregnancy or childbirth, even if they do not offer the same leave for other temporary disabilities. This leave is in ...

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