Overview: Paid Sick Days

Legislation

Enacted Legislation

2016

Intiative 1433, Granting Statewide Sick Leave

2016

Spokane Earned Sick and Safe Leave

2015

Tacoma Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance

2013

SeaTac Good Jobs Initiative

2011

Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance

2002

Family Care Act

RCW 49.12.265-295

House Bill 2364 | Allowing sick leave to care for family members

Senate Bill 6426 | Allowing sick leave to care

Proposed Legislation

2015-2016

Paid Sick Days

House Bill 1356 | Establishing minimum standards for sick and safe leave from employment

Senate Bill 5306 | Establishing minimum standards for sick and safe leave from employment

2013-2014

Paid Sick Days

House Bill 1313 | Establishing minimum standards for sick and safe leave from employment

Senate Bill 5594 | Establishing minimum standards for sick and safe leave from employment

2012

Paid Sick Days

House Bill 2508 | Establishing minimum standards for sick and safe leave from employment

Senate Bill 6229 | Establishing minimum standards for sick and safe leave from employment

2006

Paid Sick Days

Senate Bill 6592 | Requiring minimum paid sick leave from employment

House Bill 2777 | Requiring minimum paid sick leave from employment

2003

Minimum Paid Time Off

Senate Bill 5377 |Requiring minimum paid time off from employment

House Bill 1221 | Requiring minimum paid time off from employment

Paid Sick Days

Senate Bill 6426 | Allowing sick leave to care for family members

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Everyone gets sick – yet an estimated 1 million people working in Washington have no paid sick leave.

Paid sick leave helps limit the spread of disease and keep everyone healthy by encouraging sick workers and children to stay home – away from co-workers, schoolmates, and customers. But the people who can least afford time off without pay are most likely not to have it. Many workers who handle food and meet the public – in restaurants, retail, even health care – have no or limited access to sick leave.

An April 2014 evaluation from the University of Washington concluded that Seattle’s law has significantly increased access to paid sick leave, especially among restaurant workers, and that 70% of business owners are supportive. Access to paid sick leave is associated with more well-child visits, cancer screenings and other preventative health care services – for workers, children, and elderly parents. Sick leave allows victims of domestic violence or sexual assault to seek safety, treatment, and legal assistance.

In 2016, voters approved Initiative 1433, which guaranteed one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked, starting in 2018. EOI was instrumental in formulating this policy and a member of the Raise Up Washington coalition.