Washington has enacted a final rule that clarifies how the seven-day waiting period impacts Washington’s Paid Family and Medical Leave program. The final rule is effective immediately.
Under state law, qualified workers in Washington are generally eligible for up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave per year after a seven-day waiting period to:
- Bond with a child after a child’s birth or placement; or
- Use the leave for a qualifying military purpose.
The final rule clarifies that the waiting period does not:
- Apply to medical leave taken upon the birth of a child; or
- Reduce the maximum duration of an employee’s available paid family or medical leave.
Washington employers should review their paid family and medical leave policies and practices to ensure compliance with the final rule.