Who's eligible for benefits?

To qualify for Paid Family and Medical Leave, you must work 820 hours or more in the qualifying period. The qualifying period is either:

  • The first four of the last five completed calendar quarters; or
  • The last four completed calendar quarters

All Washington employers, including out-of-state employers with Washington employees, are required to participate with few exceptions.


In rare cases, an employer may be granted a conditional premium waiver for an employee who meets three specific conditions. Learn more on the conditional waivers page