COVID-19 Updates

On March 17, 2020 HB 2739, signed into state law, expands provisions of the state’s shared leave program to cover certain COVID-19 related absences. The provisions are currently in place, until the expiration of proclamation 20-05 by the Governor of Washington, issued February 29, 2020, declaring a state of emergency.

A WSU faculty, administrative professional or classified staff who are entitled to accrue sick leave or annual leave may be eligible for up to 14 days of shared leave if:

  1. In isolation or quarantine as recommended, requested or ordered by a public health official or health care provider
  2. Suspected or confirmed to be infected with or been exposed to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Overview

WSU shared leave program, as provided by under the State of Washington Leave Sharing program allows qualifying employees the opportunity to receive donation leave to utilize as if it were their own. Shared leave is available for major life events such as extraordinary or severe illness or injury of the employee or qualified family member, for employees called to military service, and other qualifying events outlined in BPPM 60.58 Shared Leave.

Eligibility

WSU faculty, administrative professional, and classified staff are eligible to request participation in the shared leave program when the employee is entitled to accrue sick leave or annual leave.

Qualifying Reason Accrued Leave Status
Until the Expiration of Proclamation 20-05
Employee, a relative or a household member is isolated or quarantined as recommended, requested, or ordered by a public health official or a health care provider as a result of suspected or confirmed infection with or exposure to the 2019 coronavirus (COVID-19).
Exhaust: Personal holiday and compensatory time. Retain: Up to 40 hours of sick leave/time-off and up to 40 hours of annual leave/time-off.

Employee, a relative, or a household member has a severe, extraordinary, or life-threatening illness or injury.
Exhaust: Personal holiday, compensatory time, sick leave/time-off and annual leave/time-off .
Employee is sick or temporarily disabled because of a pregnancy-related medical condition or miscarriage. Exhaust: Personal holiday and compensatory time. Retain: Up to 40 hours of sick leave/time-off and up to 40 hours of annual leave/time-off.
Employee needs time off for parental leave

-Birth Parent: for a period of up to sixteen (16) weeks of continuous leave following the time allowed for pregnancy disability, if applicable
-Non-birth Parent: for a period of up to sixteen (16) weeks of continuous leave immediately after the birth or placement.
Exhaust: Personal holiday and compensatory time. Retain: Up to 40 hours of sick leave/time-off and up to 40 hours of annual leave/time-off.
Employee is the victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. Exhaust: Personal holiday, compensatory time and annual leave/time-off.
Employee is called to serve in the uniformed servicesExhaust: Personal holiday, compensatory time, annual leave/time-off and paid military leave.
Employee is serving as an approved emergency workerExhaust: Personal holiday, compensatory time and annual leave/time-off.

Severe, extraordinary, or life-threatening illness or injury

The criteria for an illness or injury under shared leave is different from those for FMLA. Examples of “extraordinary or severe” situations that typically meet the criteria for shared leave include:

  • Heart attack
  • Cancer requiring surgery and/or other forms of debilitating treatment, such as chemotherapy and radiation
  • Organ transplant
  • Major surgery requiring extended hospitalization
  • Cognitive impairments, including mental illness that cannot be controlled by prescription drugs and that renders the person incapable of productive employment
  • Terminal illness or condition that renders the person incapable of productive employment
  • Traumatic injuries that render the person incapable of working for an extended period of time
  • Bed rest due to high-risk, pregnancy-related complications

The University uses the information provided by the employee or their relative or household member’s health-care provider to determine whether the medical condition meets the definition of “severe, extraordinary, or life-threatening.”

To Apply

All forms are located on the Disability Services Forms page. The Shared Leave application materials are to be returned to Human Resource Services (HRS). Shared leave requests are reviewed by HRS on a case-by-case basis. HRS determines whether the employee’s request for shared leave is approved or denied based upon the criteria in the law and University policy.

Qualifying reason Application Documentation
Until the Expiration of Proclamation 20-05

Employee, a relative, or a household member is isolated or quarantined as recommended, requested, or ordered by a public health official or a health care provider as a result of suspected or confirmed infection with or exposure to the 2019 coronavirus (COVID-19).
Shared Leave Employee Request Form–COVID-19 (Completed by employee)
AND

If recommended, requested or ordered to isolate or quarantine by a public health official – A Public Health Official statement/notification
OR
If recommended, requested or ordered to isolate or quarantine by an health care provider – The health care provider ‘s isolation or quarantine documentation
Employee, a relative, or a household member has a severe, extraordinary, or life-threatening illness or injury. Shared Leave Employee Request Form–Medical Leave (Completed by employee) AND

Shared Leave Health Care Provider Statement. (Completed by Health Care Provider)
Employee is sick or temporarily  disabled because of a pregnancy-related medical condition or miscarriage. Shared Leave Employee Request
Form – Pregnancy Disability/Parental (Completed by employee) AND

For Pregnancy Disability – Medical Leave Health Care Provider Statement
Employee needs time off for parental leave

-Birth Parent: for a period of up to sixteen (16) weeks of continuous leave following the time allowed for pregnancy disability, if applicable

-Non-birth Parent: for a period of up to sixteen (16) weeks of continuous leave immediately after the birth or placement.
Shared Leave Employee Request
Form – Pregnancy Disability/Parental (Completed by employee) AND

-Birth Parent: Medical Leave Health Care Provider Statement identifying medical leave end date

-Non-birth Parent: Parental Leave – Certification of Birth or Placement
Employee is the victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.Shared Leave Employee Request
Form – Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault or Stalking
(Completed by employee) AND

Necessary supporting documentation as described on the form
Employee is called to serve in the uniformed servicesShared Leave Employee Request
Form – Uniformed Services and Emergency Volunteer
(Completed by employee) AND

Necessary supporting documentation as described on the form
Employee is serving as an approved emergency workerShared Leave Employee Request
Form – Uniformed Services and Emergency Volunteer
(Completed by employee) AND

Necessary supporting documentation as described on the form

Employees may donate Annual Leave, Sick Leave, and Personal Holidays to an individual who is on approved Shared Leave.

Annual Leave

Civil service employees, represented classified employees, administrative professional employees, and faculty who accrue annual leave may request approval to donate annual leave to the shared leave program. Hours must be donated in whole, not partial, hours. After the donation, employees must maintain at least 80 hours of annual leave after the donation. (See WAC 357-31-425 (state leave sharing program).)

Sick Leave

Civil service employees, represented classified employees, and administrative professional employees who accrue and use sick leave may donate sick leave to the shared leave program. Faculty who accrue sick leave and who demonstrate to the satisfaction of HRS that they have a history of taking and accurately documenting sick leave may donate up to 40 hours of sick leave per approved recipient and a maximum of 80 hours of sick leave per calendar year. Hours must be donated in whole, not partial, hours. Employees must maintain a minimum of 176 hours of sick leave after the donation.

Personal Holiday

Civil service employees, represented classified employees, administrative professional employees, and faculty who are eligible to receive a personal holiday may donate personal holiday hours to the shared leave program. (WAC 357-31-425) Personal holiday hours must be donated in whole hours.

To donate leave, complete the Shared Leave Donation form located on the Disability Services forms page.

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Foster Parent Shared Leave Pool

The state of Washington created the Foster Parent Shared Leave Pool to enable state employees to voluntarily donate leave to be used as shared leave by any eligible employee who is a licensed foster parent, pursuant to RCW 74.15.040, needing to care for or preparing to accept a foster child in their home.

The Foster Parent Shared Leave Pool (FPSLP) is administered by the Department of Social and Health Services in consultation with the Office of Financial Management. More information regarding the pool may be found on the FPSLP website.

Forms are linked from the Disability Services Forms page.

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Uniformed Service Shared Leave Pool

The state of Washington created the Uniformed Service Shared Leave Pool to enable state employees who are called to service in the uniformed services to maintain levels of compensation and employee benefits consistent with the amount the employees would have received in active state service. The pool was also created to allow general government and higher education employees to voluntarily donate leave to be used by any eligible employee who has been called to service in the uniform services in accordance with RCW 41.04.685 (Uniformed service shared leave pool).

The Uniformed Service Shared Leave Pool is administered by the Washington Military Department in consultation with the Office of Financial Management. More information regarding the pool may be found on the Washington Military Department website.

Forms are linked from the Disability Services Forms page.

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Veterans’ In-State Service Shared Leave Pool

The state of Washington created the Veterans’ In-State Service Shared Leave Pool to enable state employees to voluntarily donate leave to be used as shared leave for a veteran to attend medical appointments or treatments for a service connected injury or disability; or an employee’s spouse is a veteran who requires assistance while attending medical appointments or treatments for a service connected injury or disability per RCW 41.04

The Veterans’ In-State Service Shared Leave Pool (VISSLP) is administered by the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs in consultation with the Office of Financial Management. More information regarding the pool may be found on the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs VISSLP website, and in the VISSLP Informational Packet.

Forms are linked from the Disability Services Forms page.

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Resources

Washington State Human Rights Commission

Questions? Contact Disability Services.