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PDFWAC 357-31-200

When must an employer grant the use of vacation leave?

(1) An employee's request to use vacation leave must be approved under the following conditions:
(a) As a result of the employee's serious health condition.
(b) To care for a spouse, registered domestic partner, parent, parent-in-law, or grandparent of the employee who has a serious health condition or an emergency health condition.
(c) To care for a minor/dependent child with a health condition that requires treatment or supervision.
(d) For parental leave as provided in WAC 357-31-460.
(e) If the employee or the employee's family member, as defined in chapter 357-01 WAC, is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking as defined in RCW 49.76.020. An employer may require the request for leave under this section be supported by verification in accordance with WAC 357-31-730.
(f) In accordance with WAC 357-31-373, for an employee to be with a spouse or registered domestic partner who is a member of the armed forces of the United States, National Guard, or reserves after the military spouse or registered domestic partner has been notified of an impending call or order to active duty, before deployment, or when the military spouse or registered domestic partner is on leave from deployment.
(g) When requested as a supplemental benefit while receiving a partial wage replacement for paid family and/or medical leave under Title 50A RCW as provided in WAC 357-31-248.
(h) When a high-risk employee seeks an accommodation to protect themselves from the risk of exposure to an infectious or contagious disease and the employer determines no other accommodation is reasonable besides the use of leave.
(i) When the employee requests to use their vacation leave when granted a temporary leave of absence for legislative service in accordance with WAC 357-31-374(2).
(2) In accordance with the employer's leave policy, approval for the reasons listed in (1)(a) through (g) above may be subject to verification that the condition or circumstance exists or that paid family and/or medical leave under Title 50A RCW has been approved.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.06.133. WSR 23-24-021, § 357-31-200, filed 11/28/23, effective 1/1/24. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.06.133, 41.04.120, and chapter 49.100 RCW. WSR 22-24-027, § 357-31-200, filed 11/30/22, effective 1/1/23. Statutory Authority: Chapter 41.06 RCW. WSR 22-12-076, § 357-31-200, filed 5/27/22, effective 7/1/22. Statutory Authority: Chapter 41.06 RCW and RCW 50A.15.060. WSR 20-06-008, § 357-31-200, filed 2/20/20, effective 5/1/20. Statutory Authority: Chapter 41.06 RCW. WSR 09-17-057 and 09-18-112, § 357-31-200, filed 8/13/09 and 9/2/09, effective 12/3/09; WSR 09-03-013, § 357-31-200, filed 1/9/09, effective 2/13/09; WSR 08-15-043, § 357-31-200, filed 7/11/08, effective 10/1/08; WSR 05-08-137, § 357-31-200, filed 4/6/05, effective 7/1/05.]
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