Employees can donate accrued leave to another qualified employee who has exhausted their paid leave balance while continuing to experience (or caring for a family member who is experiencing) a severe or extraordinary condition, or life-threatening illness or injury, which may cause the employee to take leave without pay or terminate employment.
Who is eligible for shared leave?
An agency may permit an employee to receive leave if:
- The employee 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;
- The employee has been called to service in the uniformed services;
- The employee 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;
- The employee 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;
- A state of emergency has been declared anywhere within the United States by the federal or any state government and the employee has needed skills to assist in responding to the emergency or its aftermath and volunteers his or her services to either a governmental agency or 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;
- The employee is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking;
- The employee needs the time for parental leave; or
- The employee is sick or temporarily disabled because of pregnancy disability.
An employee may transfer annual leave, sick leave, and his or her personal holiday, as follows:
- Vacation (Annual) Leave – Donating employee balance cannot fall below 80 hours (10 days)
- Sick Leave – Donating employee balance cannot fall below 176 hours (22 days)
- Donating employee cannot donate more than six (6) days of sick leave during any 12-month period (AEA Bargained, and District practice)
- Personal Holiday – All or part of a personal holiday
For additional questions, please contact Cindi Battram, the Leaves and Workers’ Compensation Specialist. She would be happy to help you. She can be reached at 253-931-4900 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.