Status Summary

ESHB 1313 was introduced last session and made it to the House floor (it was not, however, brought up for a vote). The bill reverted back to House Rules, where it was pulled, brought to the House floor and passed by the House (52-45-1 excused). The bill was heard in the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee but was not brought up for a vote. Therefore the bill is dead.

Legislative Session



Representative Jinkins

ESHB 1313 states that paid sick and safe leave from employment is critical to the economic well-being of the state and workers and to public health and safety. Paid sick and safe leave helps workers maintain their own health and the health of their families, coworkers, and members of the public. Paid sick and safe leave also helps give victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking the financial independence necessary to leave abusive situations, achieve safety, and minimize physical and emotional injuries. The legislature further finds that paid sick and safe leave helps employers retain trained workers and operate competitively as well as ensures that workers and their families retain economic security.

ESHB 1313 requires employers with more than four full-time equivalent employees to provide paid leave to employees for: (1) specified medical reasons relating to the employee's or a family member's health; (2) reasons permitted under existing law requiring unpaid leave for purposes related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking; or (3) closure of the employee's place of business or child's school or place of care due to specified public health emergencies.