Paid Family and Medical Leave

Paid Leave

Paid Family and Medical Leave

Washington is one of six states that offers Paid Family and Medical Leave benefits to eligible workers when they need to take time off to care for themselves or others.

Leave Types

  • Medical leave: When a serious health condition prevents you from working.
  • Family leave: When you need to care for someone with a serious health condition, bond with a new baby or child in your family, or spend time with a family member who is about to be deployed overseas or is returning from overseas deployment.


Paid Family and Medical Leave is available to almost everyone working in Washington. You can receive the benefit when you have:

  1. Worked 820 hours (about 16 hours a week) in employment in Washington during the “qualifying period.”
  2. Experienced a “qualifying event.”

Full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal work counts. The benefit is also portable between jobs, so if you work more than one job or switch employers all the reportable hours you work in Washington count toward eligibility.

Leave duration

  • All parents can receive up to 12 weeks of family leave for bonding in the first year after your child’s birth or placement.
  • If you give birth, you can be eligible for up to 16 weeks of combined medical and family leave. This requires two applications.
  • If you experience a condition in pregnancy that results in incapacity, like being put on bed rest, you may be eligible for an additional two weeks of medical leave. This would give you up to 18 weeks of combined medical and family leave if you submit both applications.

Learn more about how to apply for and take Paid Leave.