This page has information specific to this state, including contact information for federal and state agencies, and some key information about laws and consumer protections. Sometimes, state laws are more protective than federal law. For more information on this state's specific laws (e.g., on employment or health insurance), visit Triage Cancer's Charts of State Laws.
Who’s eligible? All employees who have worked at least 820 hours during their qualifying period (normally, the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters or, if that does not get you to the required 820 hours, the last four completed calendar quarters immediately preceding the application for leave.)
Who can be cared for? A family member with a serious health condition, or leave can be used when your own serious health condition prevents you from working. Family member includes a child, parent (or spouse's parent), spouse, domestic partner, grandchild, grandparent (or spouse's grandparent), sibling, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, or someone who has an expectation to rely on you for care.
How much time is given? Up to 12 weeks. Up to 16 weeks of combined medical and family leave if you have more than one qualifying event in the same claim year.
How much is paid? The amount of benefits paid is calculated based on the individual’s average weekly wage, with a maximum payment of $1,327/week (2022). This maximum limit is adjusted annually to 90% of the state average weekly wage.
For more information: https://paidleave.wa.gov/
For information on financial assistance resources, you can visit the Financial Assistance Resources module at CancerFinances.org. You can then pick from the different categories of financial assistance, to find organizations that may provide financial help to you. Think creatively. For example, if you cannot find anything to help with your medical bills, you may qualify for utility assistance and shift the money you had dedicated to utilities to your medical bills.
(Current as of 8/2022)