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.
- Self employed individuals (May opt-in)
- Federal Employees
- Federally Recognized Tribes (May opt-in)
- People who work temporarily in Washington (Example: Utility worker helping after a storm)
Temporary waivers for out-of-state employees
Employers may apply for a conditional waiver for their workers when they meet these three conditions:
- Physically based outside of the state;
- Employed in the state on a limited or temporary work schedule; and
- Not expected to be employed in the state for eight hundred twenty hours or more in a qualifying period.
In-state vs. out-of-state employees
An employee is included in Paid Family and Medical Leave when:
- All of the employee’s work is performed in Washington; or
- Most of the employee’s work or services are done in Washington, but some of the work is done temporarily out-of-state.
When work is not located in any state, the worker must participate when:
- The base of operations is in Washington; or
- If there is no base of operations, but the place where services are directed is in Washington; or
- There is no base of operations, no place where services are directed, but the worker lives in Washington.