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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: Susan A. P. Woodhouse, Littler


  • In addition to federal laws, a Washington employer may also be subject to a variety of state family and medical leave laws. See Family and Medical Leave.
  • Washington provides for paid family and medical leave (PFML) benefits that are funded by employers and employees. See Paid Family Leave.
  • Washington's Military Family Leave Act (MFLA) provides leave to eligible employees in connection with the deployment of a spouse or domestic partner who is a qualifying servicemember. See Family Military Leave.
  • A covered employer may be required to provide leave for the entire period of disability associated with pregnancy or childbirth or reasonable accommodations for pregnancy and pregnancy-related health conditions. See Pregnancy Disability Leave; Pregnancy Leave and Accommodation.
  • An employer must allow eligible employees to use sick leave or other paid time off benefits to care for covered family members with a qualifying health conditions. See Kin Care Leave.
  • An employer must provide the same leave to adoptive parents or stepparents that is provided to employees who are biological parents for the birth or placement of a child who is under the age of six. See Adoption Leave.