Pregnancy & Parental Leave

When Can a Parent Take Leave for Pregnancy or for a New Child?

Is there paid maternity leave in Washington?
No. Washington does not currently have a program providing compensation during maternity or paternity leave. The Washington state legislature has not implemented the 2007 Family Leave Insurance program. Employers are not required to provide paid maternity or paternity leave.

Will I qualify for unemployment benefits during my maternity leave?
No. You must be able to and available for work and actively seeking work to qualify for unemployment benefits.

Can I take unpaid time off for my new baby?
You may be entitled to take time off for your new baby depending on certain factors.

Maternity leave for mothers giving birth

Employer Size

Amount of Leave

Law

Exceptions and Eligibility

Fewer than 8 employees

None required

N/A

N/A

8 or more employees

The law requires a reasonable accomodation for a new mother for the period of time of disability.

Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD)

Human Rights Commission
1-800-233-3247

Religious non-profits, Native American tribes, the federal government

50 or more employees within 75 miles of your worksite

12 weeks plus the amount of leave required by the WLAD
(6 + 12 = 18 weeks total)
(8 + 12 = 20 weeks total)

WLAD, FMLA and Washington Family Leave Act (FLA)

You must have worked for your employer for 12 months and worked 1,250 hours in the 12 months prior to leave

 

Maternity leave for mothers not giving birth and paternity leave

Employer Size

Amount of Leave

Law

Exceptions and Elegibility

Fewer than 50 employees

None required

N/A

N/A

50 or more employees within 75 miles of your worksite

12 weeks

FMLA and Washington Family Leave Act (FLA)

You must have worked for your employer for 12 months and worked 1,250 hours in the 12 months prior to leave

 

What are my rights to time off during pregnancy?
If you work for an employer with at least 8 employees, you may qualify for leave when your pregnancy-related conditions disable you from working. Please call the Human Rights Commission at 1-800-233-3247 to find out whether your pregnancy-related condition qualifies you for leave under the WLAD.


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