Washington State Family Care Act

Washington State's Family Care Act (app.leg.wa.gov) (2002) allows workers with available paid sick leave or other paid time off to care for a sick child with a routine illness; a spouse, registered domestic partner, parent, parent-in-law, or grandparent with a serious or emergency health condition; and an adult child with a disability.

An employer may not discipline an employee for leave taken under this law.


For more detail about this law, refer to the following:

For more information:

For questions about any of Washington's leave laws, contact the Employment Standards program at your local L&I office or the central office in Tumwater at 360-902-5316.

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