FMLA: Washington

FMLA requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: James G. Zissler, Littler Mendelson, PC


  • Washington State has several laws that provide eligible employees with leaves for a variety of reasons. See Family and Medical Leave, Generally.
  • The Washington Family Leave Act builds on the FMLA by providing additional benefits for women who are pregnant and covering registered domestic partners. See Washington Family Leave Act (FLA).
  • Certain Washington municipalities provide for paid sick and safe leave for eligible employees. See Local Ordinances.
  • Washington's legislature passed a Family Leave Insurance Program designed to provide temporary income support to parents on leave to care for a newborn baby or child recently placed for adoption. The program's start date has been repeatedly delayed and will not be implemented until the legislature is able to appropriate funds and enact an implementation date for benefits. See Future Developments.