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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


  • 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).
  • Washington employers must provide eligible employees with paid sick and safe leave under Initiative 1433. See Paid Sick Leave.
  • Localities including SeaTac, Seattle and Tacoma have requirements pertaining to paid sick leave. See Local Requirements.