Overview for Healthcare Providers

Healthcare providers will play a critical role in certifying the eligibility of patients who opt to use paid family and medical leave benefits, but at this point, we won't know exactly how that process will work.

Details around benefits and eligibility will be determined during Phase 3 of our public rulemaking process, and we encourage you to participate. There are several points throughout the process where the public is invited to weigh-in, whether in person or remotely: participation in listening sessions, meetings, or hearings, or via comments submitted to our public comment portal.

For more information on the rulemaking process, including timelines, meeting dates and agendas, and drafts of our proposed rules, visit the Paid Family and Medical Leave rulemaking page on the Employment Security Department website.


How does Paid Family & Medical Leave work for healthcare providers?

  • Are my patients eligible for benefits?

    Most people employed in Washington who work 820 hours or more in the qualifying period (the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters before they plan to take leave) will qualify. There are some exceptions (federal employees, for example), but many of your working patients will likely qualify.

    In order to use their benefits, they must experience a qualifying event. Leave events can be either Family or Medical.

    Family Leave

    • Care and bond after a baby’s birth or the placement of a child younger than 18
    • Care for a family member experiencing an illness or medical event
    • Certain military-connected events

    Medical Leave

    • Care for yourself in relation to an illness or medical event

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