Gulf Shores, AL asked in Employment Law for Washington

Q: i am a sole prop plumbing co in Washington State. What days do I have to give my employees as a "holiday" and pay them

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Brad S Kane
Brad S Kane
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Licensed in Washington

A: According to the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries,

Washington State does not require employers to provide leave or pay for holidays, vacations, or bereavement. These benefits can be found in your employer policies or collective bargaining agreement. They are generally an agreement between an employer and employee. L&I does not enforce these agreements.

There are a few exceptions:

You can use vacation or other types of paid leave for the care of qualifying family members. See our Family Care Act page for full details.

If you are a worker on a public project, then you may have contract rights under the state’s prevailing wage law.

Some municipalities have ordinances that require certain types of leave. Employers should check and make sure they are complying with local laws.

If an employer agrees to provide these leave benefits and then does not do so, you may take private legal action in court or hire a private attorney.

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