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Washington Leave Laws


No federal or state law requires employers to provide paid or unpaid vacation time for their employees. However, if employers choose to offer a vacation leave, paid or unpaid, to their employees it must comply with applicable state law or employment contract. 

Jury Duty Leave

Washington leave laws do not require employers to pay employees any wages for the time spent complying with a jury summons or serving on a jury but have to provide employees unpaid leave to perform their jury duties.

An employer must provide an employee with sufficient leave of absence from work to serve as a juror.

An employer may not discharge, threaten, coerce, or penalize an employee for complying with a jury summons or serving on a jury. 

Bereavement Leave

No federal or state law require an employer to provide the employee with paid or unpaid bereavement leave or with any time off to organize or attend a close family member’s funeral.

Voting Leave

The state of Washington does not have a law that requires an employer to grant its employees leave, either paid or unpaid, to vote.

Military Leave

Washington law provides employment protections for military members, in addition to Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.

  • Reemployment rights for military personnel following a period of military service.
  • Employers must provide up to 15 days of unpaid leave to eligible spouses or registered domestic partners of military service members when their spouse is about to be deployed or on leave from deployment. Notice requirements apply.