National Partnership for Women & Families

Sick and Safe Leave

Washington
State: Washington
Subject: Job-Protected Leave, Paid Sick Days, Domestic Violence and the Workplace
Bill: H.B. 1313/S.B. 5594
House bill introduced and referred to Committee on Labor & Workforce Development: 01/23/13
Senate bill introduced and referred to Committee on Commerce & Labor: 02/05/13
Passed House Committee on Labor & Workforce Development: 02/13/13
Passed House: 01/29/14
Summary:

Guarantees workers a minimum amount of paid sick and safe leave to be used to care for themselves or a family member who is ill, needs medical care or is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. A worker in a business with between five and 49 employees shall accrue at least one hour of leave for every 40 hours worked, up to 40 hours per year. A worker in a business with between 50 and 249 employees shall accrue at least one hour of leave for every 40 hours worked, up to 56 hours per year. A worker in a business with 250 or more employees shall accrue at least one hour of leave for every 30 hours worked, up to 72 hours per year.

"Family member" is defined as a child, parent, spouse or civil union partner, grandparent, grandchild, sibling or any other individual related by blood or affinity.

An employer at an eating and/or drinking establishment may arrange shift trades for a worker who calls in sick and deduct paid sick time with the consent of the worker.

This bill is modeled on the paid sick days law that was passed in the city of Seattle in 2011.