When Can an Employee Use Paid Leave to Care for a Child Under 18?

An employee may use available paid leave when his or her child has a “health condition,” including:

  • a medical condition requiring treatment or medication that the child cannot self-administer;
  • a medical or mental health condition that would endanger the child’s safety or recovery without the presence of a parent or guardian; and
  • a condition warranting treatment or preventive health care such as physical, dental, optical or immunization services, when a parent must be present to authorize the treatment.

For purposes of this law, a child includes a biological, adopted or foster child, a stepchild, and a legal ward.

Nicole M. Bolan, Attorney at Law

Blado Kiger Bolan, Tacoma, Wash.

Related Posts
  • What Happens If I Switch Employees From Salary To Hourly? Read More
  • Can You Restrict Employee Use Of Social Media? Read More
  • What You Need To Know About Conducting Background Checks Read More