Washington State

House of Representatives

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State Government, Elections & Information Technology Committee

HB 1521

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Brief Description: Removing the requirement that an employee must work at least six months before taking vacation leave.

Sponsors: Representatives Dolan, Doglio, Ormsby, Appleton, Bergquist and Pollet; by request of Office of Financial Management.

Brief Summary of Bill

  • Entitles specified public officers and employees to eight hours of leave for vacation each month.

Hearing Date: 2/7/17

Staff: Megan Palchak (786-7105).


State officers, such as the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Treasurer, Auditor, Attorney General, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Commissioner of Public Lands, and Insurance Commissioner hold office for four-year terms, unless their successors are elected.

After six months of continuous employment, subordinate officers and employees are entitled, under their contract of employment, to no less than one working day of leave for vacation each month.

Summary of Bill:

Effective July 1, 2017, public officers and employees may receive eight hours of vacation leave each month.  The term working day is replaced with eight hours for the purposes of leave calculations. 

Appropriation: None.

Fiscal Note: Available.

Effective Date: The bill takes effect 90 days after adjournment of the session in which the bill is passed.