If You Are Unable to Work

If you are subject to the Governor’s Stay Home/Stay Healthy order and you have not been assigned work to perform, you may request, and your supervisor will approve, use of the following leave types:

High-risk employees

On Monday, April 13, 2020, Governor Jay Inslee issued Proclamation 20-46 (PDF), which requires all employers, public or private, to provide accommodations that protect high-risk employees from risk of exposure to the COVID-19 disease while on the job.

If you are unable to work remotely, accommodations may include taking leave or filing for unemployment. You will keep your health benefits while you are receiving accommodations under this proclamation.

Find out who is included, your options, and how to apply: Learn more about accommodations for employees in high-risk groups.

Expanded sick leave and FMLA leave

We have expanded the appropriate reasons for already accrued sick leave use to include the following:

  1. An employee tests positive for COVID-19
  2. An employee has symptoms of COVID-19 and is seeking a medical diagnosis
  3. An employee has been advised by a health care provide or public health official to self-quarantine
  4. An employee cannot work because their child’s school is closed and/or their child care provider is unavailable due to COVID-19
  5. Employee is in a category of increased risk of severe illness and death as listed in CDC guidelines.

Additional rights are available to you under federal law: Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (PDF).

Download a leave verification form (PDF) or review additional information about expanded leave options.

Administrative Leave

You may only request administrative leave if all three of the following apply:

  • You have been in close contact, as defined by the WA State Department of Health, with a sick person diagnosed with COVID-19
  • You are otherwise healthy and showing no symptoms.
  • Your attendance on duty would potentially jeopardize the health of yourself or others.

Paid administrative leave will be limited to a maximum of 14 days.