I-1433 Paid Sick Leave Toolkit

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Washington’s Paid Sick Leave law, under Initiative 1433, began January 1, 2018. The following links and information in this toolkit will be a starting place for help you get in compliance with the law. Final rulemaking for enforcement of the Paid Sick and Safe Leave law was completed in mid-December.

  • Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, most employees, including part time and seasonal workers, must accrue paid sick leave at a minimum rate of 1 hour for every 40 hours worked.
  • Paid sick leave must be paid to employees at their normal hourly compensation.
  • Employees are entitled to use their accrued paid sick leave beginning on the 90th day after the start of their employment.
  • Employees may carry over up to 40 hours of unused paid sick leave at the end of the year.
  • Employers are allowed to provide employees with more generous carry over and sick leave accrual policies.
  • Employers must provide a one-time notification to each employee of their paid sick leave rights, no later than March 1, 2018 (or upon the hire date for new employees) and must make this information readily available to all employees.
  • Employees may use paid sick leave:
    • To care for themselves or family members
    • When the employee’s workplace or their child’s school or daycare has been closed by a public health official for any health-related reason.
    • For absences that qualify for leave under the state’s Domestic Violence Leave Act.
    • Employers may allow employees to use paid sick leave for additional purposes.




From the Washington Hospitality Association: EYE ON HOSPITALITY: Get Ready for Paid Sick Leave



The Department of Labor & Industries Paid Sick Leave and Initiative-1433 e-learning overview (15 min.)

Washington’s New Paid Sick Leave Law – Fisher Phillips Webinar (58 min.)

The Department of Labor & Industries is offering free webinars in January and February. Click here to see the dates and sign up.

The City of Seattle is also offering free webinars in January. Click here to see the dates and sign up.



Paid Sick Leave Rules (adopted Oct. 2017) Rulemaking for enforcement is underway.

Initiative 1433

RCW 49.46 Minimum Wage Requirements and Labor Standards

RCW 49.76 Domestic Violence Leave

L&I Administrative Policies

Chapter 296-128 Washington Administrative Code: Minimum Wage WACs

Final Rule-Making Order

Adopted Rule Language

Cost-Benefit Analysis


L&I Paid Sick Leave FACT Sheet (English)

L&I Paid Sick Leave FACT Sheet (Spanish)

Hoja de información sobre el Permiso por enfermedad con goce de sueldo en español

Wage-and-Hour Questions Employers Often Ask

L&I Workplace Rights/Employment Standards Poster


L&I Employer Resource Guide

“Good cause” variance application

I-1433 Timeline and Engagement



Please note: If you operate a business in a local jurisdiction that has adopted more generous paid sick leave requirements, you must follow the more generous requirements.


City of Seatac Resources


City of Seattle Resources

More Information on Seattle’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance


The Paid Sick Leave policy the City of Spokane adopted in January 2016 will sunset on Dec. 31, 2018. As of Jan. 1, 2018, the City of Spokane will adhere to the statewide Paid Sick and Safe Leave laws.


City of Tacoma Resources



Paid Sick Leave administrative rules require an employer to maintain a written policy or collective bargaining agreement in certain circumstances. The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries, in consultation with employee and employer representatives, has created sample policies that meet the Department of Labor & Industries standard for compliance with such areas of the rules.

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