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  • Washington’s Paid Sick Leave Law

    Know your rights to care for your health.

    Washington’s Paid Sick Leave Law helps you protect yourself, customers, co-workers and others when you get sick. It promotes public health, family stability and economic security.*

    Paid Sick Leave FAQs

    90 calendar days after your first day of employment.

    At least 1 hour for every 40 hours worked. This includes part-time and seasonal workers. You may carry over up to 40 hours of unused leave into the next year.

    You get paid sick leave at your normal hourly rate.

    • To care for you or your family’s physical and mental health needs. This includes:
      • Children, step and foster children, and grandchildren.
      • Parents, step and foster parents, and grandparents.
      • Spouse or registered domestic partner.
      • Brothers and sisters.
    • To seek safety from domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.
    • When a public official closes your workplace or your child’s school or childcare for any health-related reason.

    Tell your employer you or a family member is sick as soon as possible. If you’re out sick more than 3 days, your employer may need to verify you’re sick.

    No, some employers provide more generous benefits and have other requirements.


    Call Washington State Department of Labor & Industries at (866) 219-7321.


    The Minimum Wage Requirements & Labor Standards Act protects you from retaliation.

    *Employees exempt from the Minimum Wage Act (RCW 49.46) are not eligible for paid sick leave. This may include salaried executive managers, independent contractors and those working for tribes on tribal lands.