Washington bill to guarantee paid sick leave passes House

Washington bill to guarantee paid sick leave passes House

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A bill that would guarantee paid sick time away from work for some employees in Washington state has passed the House.

The chamber approved the measure on a 52-45 vote Wednesday. The bill requires employers with more than four full-time employees to provide paid leave for specified medical reasons relating to the employee's or family member's health, reasons related to domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, or a closure of an employee's place of business or child's school or place of care due to public health emergencies.

Employees would accrue and would be able to use leave based on the size of their employer.

In 2011, the city of Seattle adopted an ordinance requiring employers to provide paid sick and safe leave. It went into effect Oct. 1, 2012.

A similar law was passed in Oregon last year that went into effect at the beginning of this year.

In Oregon, private employers, including nonprofits, are required to give employees one hour of sick time for every 30 hours worked. Workers can accrue up to a week’s leave based on their work history, regardless of whether they are part time or full time.

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