The state of Washington’s Family Leave Act (FLA) provides eligible employees with the same amount of leave as the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), with the former even providing additional support for pregnant women. To be eligible, a Washington employee must be employed at least 12 months and log 1,250 hours in the same period before requesting FLA or FMLA.
Employees may be eligible for FMLA (and FLA) if they have a child who requires treatment and/or supervision for a chronic illness or injury, or if they have a spouse or other family member who requires similar care. Washington state employees may also qualify for FMLA assistance if they themselves suffer from a persistent injury and/or illness.
Employment law cases involving FMLA can be tricky. In addition to navigating the emotional complexities associated with taking care of yourself and those you love most, you may also face an employer reluctant to help you better your situation. Ensure you’re moving toward the future you deserve by speaking with an aggressive, experienced employment lawyer today.