Tacoma, WA Enacts Mandatory Sick Leave

The Paid Leave Ordinance for Tacoma, WA was approved on January 27, 2015 and is effective February 1, 2016.  The ordinance applies to all employees who work within the geographical boundaries of Tacoma for 80 hours or more in a calendar year. All employees, whether full-time, part-time or temporary will earn one hour for every 40 hours worked within Tacoma up to 24 hours within a calendar year.  Employee may use the paid leave 180 days after the start of employment and may carry forward up to 24 hours of unused paid leave in the next year.  But if carried over the employee’s use of paid leave is limited to 40 hours in that year. Information on how the leave may be used and setting up policies can be found on the City’s website.


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