Washington state has passed paid family leave laws similar in some ways to those in other states such as California and New Jersey. Additionally, Washington passed legislation for a Family Leave Insurance program in 2007, but implementation of these laws has been delayed. As a result, the paid leave laws are not expected to be effective until October 1, 2012. However, once those laws do become active, here is what they would look like.
Applies to all employers, regardless of size.
All employees. However, employees seeking benefits must have been employed 680 hours or more during year they seek to qualify for benefits or the year that ended three months before their leave starts.
Provides for a flat-rate benefit of $250 per week for employees working 35 or more hours per week. For employees that work fewer than 35 hours per week, benefit gets prorated based on their hours worked. Benefits can be received for a maximum of 5 weeks.
Washington's Family Leave law provides for paid parental leave only, and not paid sick or medical leave. Specifically, it provides paid leave to bond and care for a newborn or a child who has been newly placed via adoption.
Contact a qualified employment attorney to make sure your rights are protected.