WA Paid Sick Leave – For Employers 2017-11-17T01:21:56+00:00

WA Paid Sick Leave

FAQs and resources for employers

What employers need to know

If you are an employer in Washington State, you are almost certainly required to provide paid sick leave to eligible employees effective January 1, 2018. The law applies to almost all employers, regardless of size.

FAQs for Employers

Does the law apply to all employers in Washington State? 2017-09-26T04:48:42+00:00

There are some very narrow exceptions and you should consult with an attorney to determine if you fall outside the coverage of the law.

When do I have to start providing sick leave to my employees? 2017-09-26T04:48:50+00:00

Effective January 1, 2018, employers must begin providing paid sick leave to their employees at a rate of one hour for every 40 hours worked.

I’m a small employer. Do I still have to provide sick leave? 2017-09-29T04:17:05+00:00

Yes. The law applies to almost all employers, regardless of size.

How much do I pay my employees when they use sick leave? 2017-09-24T16:04:33+00:00

Employers must compensate employees who use sick leave at their normal hourly rate.

Can I require my employees to provide a doctor’s note? 2017-09-24T16:05:14+00:00

Yes. Employers can require that an employee who uses sick leave provide a doctor’s note for absences longer than three days.

Does our combined sick leave/vacation PTO program meet the requirements of the law? 2017-09-26T05:21:39+00:00

Special rules under the regulations apply to combined PTO programs. You should get legal advice to determine whether your PTO program is in compliance with the law, and if not, what changes would need to be implemented to bring it into compliance.

Resources for employers

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