Leave of Absence Programs and Acts
There are several leave programs/acts that staff members may qualify for.
Some of these programs the District can qualify you for and others you will need to apply for outside of the District.
FMLA: Family Medical Leave Act- Federal Program
FMLA is a program that entitles eligible staff members to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuations of group health coverage. When a staff member applies for the leave with a District leave of absence form, eligibility will be determined.
- US Department of Labor FMLA Website- Learn more about FMLA
- FMLA Fact Sheet
- The Employee’s guide to the Family Medical Leave Act
PFML: Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave- Washington State Program
PFML is a State- run insurance benefit passed by the Legislature in 2017. Beginning in 2020, it allows qualifying staff members to receive up to 12-18 weeks of partial wage replacement in the form of paid leave for:
- The staff members serious health condition
- Time off to care for a covered family member
- Time to bond with a new child Time to spend with a covered family member preparing for military services overseas.
Click on the link below to get more information on:
Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave Website
To Estimate your pay under this program if you qualify
Watch this short video on filing weekly claims
Preparing to apply for leave? Use the PFML checklist!
Patient and Family Guide
Get Ready to Apply and to apply
PFML Healthcare Provider Certification form
*For questions on Paid Family and Medical Leave please contact Employment Security at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (833) 717-2273.
Washington State Paid Sick Leave
Information regarding paid sick leave- Washington State- Click here!
The Shared Leave Program allows qualifying staff members to donate their accrued time off to another qualifying staff member who is experiencing a severe, extraordinary, or life-threatening health crisis, for parental leave, pregnancy disability, or other qualifying circumstances.
For more information on leave sharing please reference your Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Domestic Violence Leave
The District provides victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, the opportunity to take time off from work. This leave is available to all employees and qualifying family members.
Family Care Act
The Family Care Act allows employees to take any accrued paid leave to provide treatment or supervision for a child with a health condition or to care for a qualifying family member with a serious or emergency health condition.
For information on emergency, bereavement, jury duty, vacation, personal or faith and conscience leave please reference your Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Do you have any questions?
Contact Kellie Lacey, Human Resources Generalist