WA Paid Sick Leave – Overview 2017-11-17T01:25:25+00:00

WA Paid Sick Leave

Learn about your rights under I-1433, Washington State’s new sick leave law.

Your right to paid sick leave

Most employees who work in Washington State have the right to earn paid sick leave under the law. If eligible, you will earn one hour of sick leave for every 40 hours worked. There is no cap on the amount of sick leave you can accrue in one year using this 40:1 formula.

When can I use my sick leave?

  • When you or a family member is ill, injured, or is receiving medical treatment or preventative care.

  • When your workplace or your child’s school or daycare has been closed by a public official for any health-related reason.

  • When your absence from work qualifies under the state’s Domestic Violence Leave law.

  • You may begin using paid sick leave on the 90th calendar day after the start of your employment.

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

Accrual and Carryover

  • Your employer must provide you with one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked.

  • There is no cap on the amount of sick leave you can accrue in one year using this 40:1 formula.

  • You begin to accrue paid sick leave on your first day of employment.

  • Your employer must allow you to carry over at least 40 hours of unused, accrued leave to the next year.

What else do I need to know?

  • Your employer must compensate your paid sick leave at your normal hourly rate.

  • Part-time and seasonal employees are covered under the law.

  • Your employer may choose to award sick leave hours in advance, provided that such front loading complies with the law.

  • Upon separation of employment, your employer is not required to pay you for any accrued, unused paid sick leave.

  • If you are rehired within 12 months, the regulations may require reinstatement of an unused sick leave bank.

  • Learn more about notice, verification, and discipline issues.

Protect your right to sick leave.

If your right to paid sick days has been violated, you may be eligible to seek damages. Contact Vanguard Law for a free consultation.

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