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
There are some very narrow exceptions and you should consult with an attorney to determine if you fall outside the coverage of the law.
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.
Yes. The law applies to almost all employers, regardless of size.
Employers must compensate employees who use sick leave at their normal hourly rate.
Yes. Employers can require that an employee who uses sick leave provide a doctor’s note for absences longer than three days.
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.