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Paid Sick Leave: Employer FAQs

Under Initiative 1433 (I-1433), passed by Washington voters in 2016, employers will be required to provide paid sick leave beginning on January 1, 2018.

​Members, log in to access answers to the following FAQs regarding Washington state's new paid sick leave law.

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  • Does the new paid sick leave law apply to all employers in Washington state?
  • When does the new paid sick leave law take effect?
  • How much paid sick leave do I need to provide my employees?
  • When are my new employees entitled to utilize their paid sick leave?
  • What is the rate of pay for paid sick leave?
  • How may my employees use their paid sick leave?
  • Do I need to notify my employees of their available paid sick leave?
  • Can my employees carry over unused paid sick leave to the next year?
  • If I terminate an employee or the employee voluntarily resigns, do I need to pay them for their unused paid sick leave?
  • I provide my employees with Paid Time Off (PTO), am I still able to do this under the new law?
  • Upon hiring a new employee I typically provide them with all of their paid sick leave right away, is this allowable under the new law?