Washington Leave of Absence (FMLA) laws & HR compliance analysis

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

In addition to the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), some states have their own comprehensive family leave laws that may also require employers to grant employees time off for the birth or adoption of a child or to care for a family member with a serious illness.
Washington does have such a law.
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Amendment to paid family and medical leave amid COVID-19 pandemic. On March 25, 2020, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee signed House Bill (HB) 2614, which amends the current Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) law (See Wa. Rev. Code Tit. 50A).
HB 2614, which became effective on June 11, 2020, contains several new provisions that will affect Washington’s PFML law, including but not limited to: Adds son-in-law and daughter-in-law as “qualifying family members”; clarifies the meaning of “paid time off” and “supplemental benefits” as they apply to the Washington PFML law; defines vacation, personal, medical, sick, compensatory, or any other paid leave offered under an employer’s policy as paid time off (PTO); establishes that employees may use PTO to cover the unpaid waiting period for medical or family leave under the Washington PFML law; establishes that supplemental benefits are payments made by an employer to an employee as salary continuation or as paid time off and are in addition to any paid family or medical leave benefits the employee receives.
Additionally, newly amended waiting period provisions under HB 2614 establishes that leaves due to a qualifying exigency are not subject to any waiting period, the seven (7) day waiting period begins the previous Sunday of the week an employee begins leave, and employees may satisfy the waiting ...

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