When is an employer required to approve an employee's request to use a personal holiday?
(1) An employer must approve the use of a personal holiday as long as:
(a) The employee is entitled to a personal holiday in accordance with RCW 1.16.050
and WAC 357-31-055
(b) The employee has requested the personal holiday in accordance with the employer's leave procedures; and
(c) The employee's absence does not interfere with the operational needs of the employer.
(2) At any time, an employer must allow an employee to use part or all of the personal holiday for any of the following reasons:
(a) To care for a minor/dependent child with a health condition that requires treatment or supervision;
(b) To care for a spouse, registered domestic partner, parent, parent-in-law or grandparent of the employee who has a serious health condition or an emergency health condition;
(c) If the employee or the employee's family member is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking as defined in RCW 49.76.020
. An employer may require the request for leave under this section be supported by verification in accordance with WAC 357-31-730
(d) In accordance with WAC 357-31-373
, for an employee to be with a spouse or registered domestic partner who is a member of the armed forces of the United States, National Guard, or reserves after the military spouse or registered domestic partner has been notified of an impending call or order to active duty, before deployment, or when the military spouse or registered domestic partner is on leave from deployment.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 41.06
RCW. WSR 09-17-057 and 09-18-112, § 357-31-070, filed 8/13/09 and 9/2/09, effective 12/3/09; WSR 09-03-013, § 357-31-070, filed 1/9/09, effective 2/13/09; WSR 08-15-043, § 357-31-070, filed 7/11/08, effective 10/1/08; WSR 07-03-054, § 357-31-070, filed 1/12/07, effective 2/15/07; WSR 05-08-136, § 357-31-070, filed 4/6/05, effective 7/1/05.]