Paid Sick and Safe Time

Washington
State: Washington
Subject: Paid Sick Days, Domestic Violence and the Workplace
Bill: SB 5306/HB 1356
Introduced in both chambers; referred to Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor and House Committee on Labor: 01/19/15
Passed House Labor Committee: 01/29/15
Referred to House Committee on Appropriations: 02/02/15
Passed Appropriations Committee, 18-13-2 vote: 02/19/15
Passed House, 51-46-0 vote: 03/03/15
Introduced in Senate and referred to Committee on Commerce & Labor: 03/05/15
Reintroduced and retained in both chambers: 03/10/16
Summary:

Requires businesses employing more than four employees to provide paid sick and safe leave to employees.

Employers' responsibilities under this law are based on number of employees: Tier One businesses employ more than four and fewer than 50 full-time equivalent employees; Tier Two businesses employ at least 50 and fewer than 250 full-time equivalents; and Tier Three businesses employ 250 or more full-time equivalents.

Employees of Tier One or Tier Two employers accrue at least one hour of leave for every forty hours worked; employees of Tier Three employers accrue at least one hour of leave for every thirty hours worked. Employers are not required to allow an employee to use sick and safe leave in excess of: 40 hours for a Tier One employer; 56 hours for a Tier Two; or 72 hours for Tier Three. Unused leave carries over to the next year, except that employers are not required to allow an employee to carry over sick and safe leave in excess of: 40 hours for a Tier One employer; 56 hours for a Tier Two; or 72 hours for Tier Three.

Leave can be used for the employee's mental or physical illness, injury, health condition, medical care or preventive medical care, or for those of a child, grandparent, parent, parent-in-law or spouse. Leave can also be taken for the employee or the employee's family member to address the psychological, physical or legal effects of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, or for certain reasons related to a public health emergency.

Entry updated as of: March 14, 2016.
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