Washington Sick Leave laws & compensation compliance analysis

Washington Sick Leave: What you need to know

Effective January 1, 2018, Washington Initiative 1433 requires employers to provide paid sick leave (R.C.W. 49.46.010 et seq.).
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Covered employers. The act applies to “every employer.”
Accrual of leave. Employees are entitled to at least 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked.
Employers may also provide paid sick leave in advance of accrual provided the front-loading meets or exceeds the law’s accrual, use, and carryover requirements.
Paid sick time (PST) will begin to accrue on January 1, 2018, or the beginning of employment, whichever is later. New hires may be required to wait until 90 days after hire before using accrued leave.
Use of leave. Leave may be used:
• For absences resulting from an employee’s mental or physical illness, injury, or health condition; to accommodate the employee’s need for medical diagnosis, care, or treatment of a mental or physical illness, injury, or health condition; or an employee’s need for preventive medical care;
• To allow the employee to provide care for a family member with a mental or physical illness, injury, or health condition; care of a family member who needs medical diagnosis, care, or treatment of a mental or physical illness, injury, or health condition; or care for a family member who needs preventive medical care;
• When the employee’s place of business has been closed by order of a public official for any health-related reason or when an employee’s child’s school or place of care has been closed for a health-related reason; and
• For absences that qualify for leave under the domestic violence leave act.
Family members. The law defines “family member” broadly and includes:
• A child, including a biological, adopted, or foster child, stepchild, ...

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