FINAL BILL REPORT
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C 39 L 18
Synopsis as Enacted
Brief Description: Adding the use of shared leave for employees who are sick or temporarily disabled because of pregnancy disability or for the purposes of parental leave to bond with the employee's newborn, adoptive, or foster child.
Sponsors: House Committee on State Govt, Elections & IT (originally sponsored by Representatives Robinson, Ormsby, Jinkins, Appleton, Senn, Kilduff, Stanford, Slatter, Kagi and Pollet; by request of Office of Financial Management).
House Committee on State Government, Elections & Information Technology
House Committee on Appropriations
Senate Committee on State Government
Senate Committee on Ways & Means
Senate Committee on State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections
The purpose of the Shared Leave Program (Program) is to permit state employees to provide annual leave, sick leave, or personal holidays to fellow state employees experiencing circumstances that may cause them to take leave without pay or terminate their employment. For purposes of the Program, employees include any employee of the state, including those employed by school districts and educational service districts, who are entitled to accrue annual or sick leave. Agencies include departments, offices, and institutions of state government, institutions of higher education, educational service districts, school districts, and the Legislature.
Agency heads may permit employees to receive shared leave when an employee:
suffers from an illness, injury, impairment, or extraordinary or severe physical or mental condition;
has a household member or relative who suffers from one of those conditions;
is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking;
volunteers to assist in a state of emergency declared by the state or federal government; or
has been called to service in the uniformed services.
The employee also must have depleted or will shortly deplete his or her annual leave and other relevant types of leave. Due to the circumstances above, the employee must be likely to take leave without pay or terminate employment.
Agency heads determine the amounts of shared leave that employees may receive. Employees must not receive more than 522 days of shared leave, except when a supervisor authorizes such leave in certain extraordinary circumstances.
The purpose of the Shared Leave Program (Program) is modified to permit employees to help fellow employees who are sick or temporarily disabled due to pregnancy disability or for parental leave. Agency heads may permit employees to receive shared leave for parental leave, or for sickness or temporary disability due to pregnancy disability. Employees are not required to deplete all of their annual and sick leave, and may maintain up to 40 hours of annual leave and 40 hours of sick leave in reserve.
For purposes of the Program, "parental leave" is defined as leave to bond and care for a newborn child after birth or to bond and care for a child after placement for adoption or foster care, for a period of up to 16 weeks after the birth or placement. "Pregnancy disability" is defined as a pregnancy-related medical condition or miscarriage.
Votes on Final Passage:
July 1, 2018