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                          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.

Allowing sick leave to care for family members.

    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.




    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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