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PDFWAC 357-31-327

When must an employer grant leave without pay?

An employer must grant leave without pay under the following conditions:
(1) When an employee who is a volunteer firefighter is called to duty to respond to a fire, natural disaster, or medical emergency;
(2) If the employee or the employee's family member, as defined in chapter 357-01 WAC, 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; or
(3) 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.
(4) When an employee requests a day off for a reason of faith or conscience or an organized activity conducted under the auspices of a religious denomination, church, or religious organization in accordance with WAC 357-31-052.
(5) When an employee is on approved paid family and/or medical leave under Title 50A RCW. Leave taken under this subsection may be subject to verification that the employee has been approved to receive benefits for paid family and/or medical leave under Title 50A RCW and qualifies for employment protection in accordance with RCW 50A.35.010.
(6) When a high-risk employee seeks an accommodation to protect themselves from the risk of exposure to an infectious or contagious disease during a public health emergency and the employer determines no other accommodation is reasonable besides the use of leave in accordance with RCW 49.17.062.
(7) When an employee is granted a temporary leave of absence for service in an elective office or for legislative service in accordance with WAC 357-31-374.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.06.133. WSR 23-24-021, § 357-31-327, filed 11/28/23, effective 1/1/24. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.06.133, 41.04.120, and chapter 49.100 RCW. WSR 22-24-027, § 357-31-327, filed 11/30/22, effective 1/1/23. Statutory Authority: Chapter 41.06 RCW. WSR 22-12-076, § 357-31-327, filed 5/27/22, effective 7/1/22. Statutory Authority: Chapter 41.06 RCW and RCW 50A.15.060. WSR 20-06-008, § 357-31-327, filed 2/20/20, effective 5/1/20. Statutory Authority: Chapter 41.06 RCW. WSR 14-24-024, § 357-31-327, filed 11/21/14, effective 12/22/14; WSR 09-17-057 and 09-18-112, § 357-31-327, filed 8/13/09 and 9/2/09, effective 12/3/09; WSR 09-03-014, § 357-31-327, filed 1/9/09, effective 2/13/09; WSR 08-15-043, § 357-31-327, filed 7/11/08, effective 10/1/08; WSR 07-17-129, § 357-31-327, filed 8/20/07, effective 9/20/07.]
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