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PDFWAC 192-620-005

What is the minimum claim duration?

(1) The minimum claim duration for paid family or medical leave is eight consecutive hours in a week. If an employee on leave claims eight consecutive hours at any point during a week, the minimum claim duration is satisfied.
Example 1: An employee typically works six-hour shifts each weekday. The employee takes leave Monday, works Tuesday and Wednesday, and takes leave Thursday and Friday. The minimum claim duration requirement would be satisfied with the leave taken Thursday and Friday. That employee could also include the hours missed on Monday in the weekly claim. 
(2) If an employee on leave typically works less than eight-hour shifts, the employee will meet the requirement of a minimum claim when the employee has missed eight consecutive hours at any point during a week the employee typically would have been scheduled.
Example 2: An employee typically works four-hour shifts. The employee will need to take two consecutive shifts of leave in a week to have a minimum claim.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 50A.04.215. WSR 19-13-001, § 192-620-005, filed 6/5/19, effective 7/6/19.]
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