How to Apply for Washington's Paid Family Leave

Parental Leave Requests & Benefits How to Apply for Washington's Paid Family Leave

How to Apply for Washington's Paid Family Leave

Taking care of your family is your number one priority, and your job provides the means for you to do so. But, what happens if you need to take some time away from work in order to care for a new member of your family? You may be lucky enough to work for a company that provides paid maternity and paternity leave. Or, if you live in a state like Washington, you may be able to take time off without losing your income through the state's paid family leave laws.

Unlike the FMLA, which is a federal law that allows workers to take time off to care for their families without pay, WA family leave laws require workers to keep getting paid. Although the compensation is only around 60% of your regular wages, paid family leave in Washington is a good way to protect your job and meet your family obligations. 

While it's possible to get approved for paid family leave on your own, it's not always easy. If you're having trouble, or you just want to make sure that everything is done properly, rely on the expertise of DoNotPay.

Paid Parental Leave in Washington

The Washington Family Leave Act is a law that provides up to 12 weeks of family medical leave during any 12-month period for eligible workers. This time off can be used for:

  • The birth of a child,
  • The placement of a child for adoption or foster care
  • Caring for a family member with a serious health condition,
  • Recovering from a serious health condition makes the employee unable to perform their job.

In addition, the Washington Family Care Act allows workers with available paid sick leave or other paid time off to use that paid time off for family medical leave. A few of the reasons this may be used include:

  • Caring for a sick child with a routine illness;
  • Caring for a spouse, registered domestic partner, parent, parent-in-law, or grandparent with a serious or emergency health condition;
  • Caring for an adult child with a disability.

Who Is Eligible for Paid Parental Leave in WA?

Anyone who has worked at a job for at least 680 hours during the year is eligible for paid parental leave in the State of Washington. It doesn't matter how large or small your employer is or whether you're considered a full or part-time employee of the company.

You can take paid family leave if you need to have time to care for a:

  1. Newborn Child
  2. Newly Placed Foster Child
  3. Recently Adopted Child
  4. Spouse
  5. Parent
  6. Parent-In-Law
  7. State Registered Partner
  8.  spouse, parent, parent-in-law, grandparent, or state-registered domestic partner.

How to Apply for WA Paid Family or Parental Leave

As soon as you're aware that you need to take family leave, you should make every effort to notify your employer. It's generally accepted that employees should give their employer at least 30 days notice before taking leave. However, if you need to take leave in an emergency, just notify your boss as soon as possible. The process for applying for paid family leave is straightforward:

  • Set up a Paid Leave Benefit Account with the State of Washington
  • Complete the application for paid family leave.
  • Complete the application for paid medical leave.
  • Upload the required documents.
  • Wait for your paid leave approval paperwork to arrive in the mail.

How to Get Help Applying for WA Paid Parental Leave

Filing for paid parental leave can be stressful and a bit difficult, especially if you've never done it before. If you're having a hard time with the application or you have questions about the process, you should be able to get help from your company's HR department. If you're still having a hard time, you can count on DoNotPay to get your request approved fast.

How to Get Paid Parental Leave Using DoNotPay

Dealing with endless paperwork and bureaucracy is the last thing you want to do, especially with such exciting things happening. Instead of focusing on the difficult process of getting your paid parental leave approved, relax and enjoy your family. DoNotPay will handle everything for you.

How to request parental leave using DoNotPay:

If you want to request parental leave but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 6 easy steps:

  1. Tell us which state you work in (if you work in CA, NY, NJ, MA, WA, or DC, your state has a paid family leave program). 
  2. Choose whether you want us to apply to the program for you or contact your employer with your leave request. If you want to apply for the program, we will walk you through the questions on the form and mail the application form for you. 
  3. If you want us to contact your employer, enter your leave details, including the starting date, number of weeks of leave, and how many weeks of paid leave you are requesting (for example, you may take a 12 week leave, but only request eight weeks of paid leave to make the request reasonable). 
  4. Indicate whether you are the birth parent or not (birth parents have a few additional legal protections). 
  5. Enter the name of your company and the person to address this request to. 
  6. Select whether you want us to email the request to your employer on your behalf. 

Why Use DoNotPay to Ask for Paid Parental Leave

The fact of the matter is, you need your paychecks in order to maintain your home and to keep your family fed. With a new addition on the way, it's more important than ever to protect your money. With DoNotPay, you can rest assured your paid parental leave request is going to be approved:

FastYou don't have to wait weeks or months for your application to be processed. In a few minutes, you can complete and submit a WA paid parental leave request using DoNotPay.
EasyForget about complicated forms, long applications, and difficult processes. Just answer some questions in the DoNotPay app, click the button, and you're done.
SuccessfulYou can rest assured that your request for paid family leave is completed, so you get approved quickly.

What Else Can DoNotPay Help My Family With?

Protecting your family is your utmost concern, and DoNotPay can help you protect them in many ways. Besides ensuring you get the paid family leave you to deserve, you can also use DoNotPay to:

And more. Visit DoNotPay today and find out more about how the world's first robot lawyer can help you and your family.

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