HOUSE BILL 2364
State of Washington 57th Legislature 2002 Regular Session
By Representatives Dickerson, Kenney, Conway, Fisher, Rockefeller, Kagi, Cody, Darneille, Chase, Tokuda, Kirby, Edwards, Santos, Lysen, Wood, Simpson, Schual‑Berke and Jarrett
Read first time 01/16/2002. Referred to Committee on Commerce & Labor.
AN ACT Relating to use of employer-granted leave to care for family members with serious medical conditions; amending RCW 49.12.270; and adding new sections to chapter 49.12 RCW.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. RCW 49.12.270 and 1988 c 236 s 3 are each amended to read as follows:
An employer shall allow
an employee to use the employee's ((
accrued)) choice of sick
leave or other paid time off to care for a (( child of the employee
under the age of eighteen)) spouse, child, parent, parent-in-law, or
grandparent of the employee with a health condition that requires treatment
or supervision. Use of leave other than (( accrued)) sick leave or
other paid time off to care for a child, spouse, parent, parent-in-law,
or grandparent under the circumstances described in this section shall be
governed by the terms of the appropriate collective bargaining agreement or
employer policy, as applicable.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. A new section is added to chapter 49.12 RCW to read as follows:
The definitions in this section apply throughout RCW 49.12.270 through 49.12.295 unless the context clearly requires otherwise.
(1) "Child" means a biological, adopted, or foster child, a stepchild, a legal ward, or a child of a person standing in loco parentis who is: (a) Under eighteen years of age; or (b) eighteen years of age or older and incapable of self-care because of a mental or physical disability.
(2) "Grandparent" means a parent of a parent of an employee.
(3) "Parent" means a biological parent of an employee or an individual who stood in loco parentis to an employee when the employee was a child.
(4) "Parent-in-law" means a parent of the spouse of an employee.
(5) "Spouse" means a husband or wife, as the case may be.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 3. A new section is added to chapter 49.12 RCW to read as follows:
An employer shall not discharge, threaten to discharge, demote, suspend, discipline, or otherwise discriminate against an employee because the employee: (1) Has exercised, or attempted to exercise, any right provided under RCW 49.12.270 through 49.12.295; or (2) has filed a complaint, testified, or assisted in any proceeding under RCW 49.12.270 through 49.12.295.
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