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PDFWAC 357-31-390

What criteria does an employee have to meet to be eligible to receive shared leave?

An employee may be eligible to receive shared leave if the agency head or higher education institution president has determined the employee meets the following criteria:
(1) The employee:
(a) Suffers from, or has a relative or household member suffering from, an illness, injury, impairment or physical or mental condition which is of an extraordinary or severe nature;
(b) Has been called to service in the uniformed services;
(c) A state of emergency has been declared anywhere within the United States by the federal or any state government and the employee has the needed skills to assist in responding to the emergency or its aftermath and volunteers their services to either a governmental agency or to a nonprofit organization engaged in humanitarian relief in the devastated area, and the governmental agency or nonprofit organization accepts the employee's offer of volunteer services;
(d) Is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking as defined in RCW 41.04.655;
(e) Is a current member of the uniformed services or is a veteran as defined under RCW 41.04.005, and is attending medical appointments or treatments for a service connected injury or disability;
(f) Is a spouse of a current member of the uniformed services or a veteran as defined under RCW 41.04.005, who is attending medical appointments or treatments for a service connected injury or disability and requires assistance while attending appointments or treatments;
(g) Needs the time for parental leave as defined in WAC 357-31-395(3); or
(h) Is sick or temporarily disabled because of a pregnancy disability as defined in WAC 357-31-395(4).
(2) The condition(s) listed in subsection (1)(a) through (d) of this section is likely to cause, the employee to go on leave without pay status or terminate state employment.
(3) The employee's absence and the use of shared leave are justified.
(4) The employee has depleted or will shortly deplete leave in accordance with WAC 357-31-435.
(5) The employee has abided by employer rules regarding:
(a) Sick leave use if the employee qualifies under subsection (1)(a), (d), (g), or (h) of this section; or
(b) Military leave if the employee qualifies under subsection (1)(b) of this section.
(6)(a) Until the expiration of proclamation 20-05, issued February 29, 2020, by the governor and declaring a state of emergency in the state of Washington, or any amendment thereto, whichever is later, an employer may permit an employee to receive shared leave as a result of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). An employer should consider whether one of the following circumstances exists in determining whether to grant shared leave under this subsection:
(i) The employee tests positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19 and is seeking a medical diagnosis;
(ii) The employee, or a relative or household member, is isolated or quarantined as recommended, requested or ordered by a public health official or health care provider as a result of suspected or confirmed infection with or exposure to COVID-19;
(iii) The employee is considered under the criteria set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to be at increased risk of severe illness and death due to COVID-19;
(iv) The employee cannot work due to the closure of their child's school and/or the unavailability of a child care provider due to COVID-19; or
(v) The employee is not sick but has been advised by a health care provider not to be in the workplace due to risk of COVID-19 but does not fall into the CDC high-risk categories.
(b) An employer may permit use of shared leave under this subsection without considering the other requirements of this section.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 41.06 RCW and RCW 41.04.655. WSR 20-24-017, § 357-31-390, filed 11/20/20, effective 12/28/20. Statutory Authority: Chapter 43.01 RCW. WSR 18-17-130, § 357-31-390, filed 8/20/18, effective 9/21/18. Statutory Authority: 2017 c 173. WSR 17-18-030, § 357-31-390, filed 8/28/17, effective 10/2/17. Statutory Authority: Chapter 41.06 RCW. WSR 15-11-102, § 357-31-390, filed 5/20/15, effective 6/22/15; WSR 11-19-091, § 357-31-390, filed 9/20/11, effective 10/24/11; WSR 10-23-120, § 357-31-390, filed 11/17/10, effective 12/18/10; WSR 08-15-043, § 357-31-390, filed 7/11/08, effective 10/1/08; WSR 08-07-063, § 357-31-390, filed 3/17/08, effective 4/18/08; WSR 07-17-126, § 357-31-390, filed 8/20/07, effective 9/20/07; WSR 05-08-139, § 357-31-390, filed 4/6/05, effective 7/1/05.]
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