WA Paid Sick Leave – For Employees 2017-11-17T01:24:02+00:00

WA Paid Sick Leave

FAQs and resources for employees

Your right to sick leave

If you work in Washington State, you are probably eligible to earn paid sick leave effective January 1, 2018. Make sure that you are informed so that you understand your rights under the law.

FAQs for Employees

When do I start earning sick leave? 2017-09-23T20:13:22+00:00

Eligible employees start earning paid sick leave January 1, 2018 when Washington State’s law (I-1433) goes into effect.

How much paid sick leave will I get? 2017-09-23T20:14:09+00:00

Employers are required to provide one hour of sick leave to an employee for every 40 hours worked.

When can I start using my sick leave? 2017-09-23T20:14:25+00:00

You can use sick leave beginning on the 90th calendar day after starting employment.

What can I use my sick leave for? 2017-09-23T20:14:50+00:00

If you or a family member is sick or seeking medical treatment, if your child’s school or daycare has been closed for health-related reasons, or if your absence from work qualifies under the Washington’s Domestic Violence Leave law.

How do I know if I’m eligible to earn sick leave? 2017-09-29T04:14:49+00:00

Your eligibility depends on whether you are overtime eligible under the Washington overtime law.

Can I use my sick leave in increments shorter than a single day? 2017-09-27T03:47:09+00:00

In general, the law requires that your employers allow the use of sick leave in the same increments of an hour that it uses to record time for wage purposes.

Resources for employees

L&I Paid Sick Days Fact Sheet

Read the text of Initiative 1433

Draft Proposed Enforcement Rules

Version 2 of Draft Proposed Rules

Timeline for Rule Implementation