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Paid Family Care Leave

Paid family care leave provides eligible City employees up to four weeks (160 hours) to care for an eligible family member with a serious health condition. You are eligible for paid family care leave if:

  • You have been in a regularly appointed position and/or temporary benefits-eligible assignment for at least six months, and
  • You have an eligible family member with a certified serious health condition, and
  • You have not exhausted your family medical leave entitlement, and
  • You have drawn down your sick leave balances to a maximum of two weeks and your vacation leave balances to a maximum of one week.
  • Please see Paid Family Care Leave Bea's Law if you have experienced the loss of a child or a spouse or domestic partner from childbirth or complications related to childbirth. The benefit for Bea's Law is effective 7/17/2019.

Eligible family members include your child, spouse or domestic partner, parent, or the child or parent of your spouse or domestic partner. This benefit is retroactive to January 1, 2017.

See Frequently Asked Questions for additional information about benefit eligibility, the application process, documentation, timesheet coding, and using paid family leave. If you have questions or want to apply for paid family care leave, please contact your department's Leave Coordinator or email if you have questions on this or other City employee leave programs.

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* Regular employees or temporary employees who are benefits-eligible per Seattle Municipal Code Subsection 4.20.055(C).