Work & Family Policy Database
Expanded Family and Medical Leave
Subject: Job-Protected Leave, Family and Medical Leave
Statute/Code Cite: Wash. Rev. Code Secs. 49.78.020(7), (17).
Summary: The state family leave law defines “family” more broadly than the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to enable workers to take job-protected family leave to care for a domestic partner.
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