The University offers paid leave benefits to all current and future employees who meet eligibility criteria.
Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
To be eligible for leave benefits under federal law, you will need to work:
If eligible, you may receive up to 12 weeks of protected, unpaid leave for medical, family or bonding leave.
Washington Paid Family & Medical Leave (WA PFML)
To be eligible for leave benefits under Washington State law, you will need to work:
If eligible, you may receive up to 12 weeks of 100% paid leave for medical, family or bonding leave. Birth mothers may receive a combination of medical and bonding leave for a total of 16-18 weeks of leave.
The University administers an approved voluntary plan (50A.04 RCW) and all employees will receive at least the minimum benefit required by law. You do not need to apply with WA Employment Security Department to receive pay benefits while on leave.
Medical leave provides time away for your own serious health condition. If you meet eligibility criteria, you can take up to 12 weeks with 100% paid leave.
Family leave provides time away to care for a family member with a serious health condition.
Bonding leave provides time away to bond with a new child from birth, placement for adoption or foster care.
You will need to contact Human Resources to file a leave of absence. You will need to provide 30 days notice for any planned leave of absences (ex: surgery, bonding). The application process includes completing a Leave Request Form and having a healthcare provider certify the need for leave.