Leaves and Accommodations

  • Notice for requesting leave

    Employees must provide at least 30-day notice to Human Resources before the leave begins for a foreseeable event such as the birth or placement of a child or a planned surgery. If the need for leave is unforeseeable, like an accident or sudden illness, employees must provide notice as soon as practical.

    If you are in need of a medical leave, complete this leave request form and submit it electronically. The form will be forwarded to FWPS's Human Resources Department. AFTER SUBMISSION, print out the appropriate medical form for your physician to complete. It is your responsibility to ensure the medical form is completed and returned to Human Resources 30 in advance of your medical leave request.

     

    What is the difference between FMLA and PFML?

    The federal Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is an unpaid leave entitlement that provides job and health insurance protection when eligible employees take a leave of absence for a qualifying reason.  The Washington State Paid Family & Medical Leave (PFML) program is a state of Washington program that provides partial wage replacement in the form of a weekly benefit paid by ESD while claiming this benefit. For employees who have worked for UW for 12 months and 1250 hours, PFML leave will be job and health benefit protected.

    The school district determines when to designate a leave as FMLA covered. Employees choose whether and when to file a PFML claim. PFML does not replace FMLA. In many cases PFML and FMLA will run at the same time.

     

      PFML  FMLA
    Eligibility

    Must have worked 820 hours in the state of WA in the qualifying period.

    Must have worked 12 months and 1,250 hours for the State of WA prior to start of FMLA leave.
    Job protection

    Must have worked 12 months and 1,250 hours prior to start of PFML leave.

    Must have worked 12 months and 1,250 hours for the State of WA prior to start of FMLA leave.
    Pay

    Up to 90 percent of your average weekly wages capped at $1,000 per week.

    Unpaid.
    How to apply

    Apply for paid benefits online or by mail with the Employment Security Department.

    Complete leave request form online. Print appropriate form for your physician to complete.
    Employee notice to district

    Provide written notice at least 30 days before you plan to take PFML leave (may or may not be same date you first take leave from FWPS). Provide notice as soon as you are able to if your leave is not planned.

    Provide notice at least 30 days before you plan to take leave for a circumstance covered by FMLA. Provide notice as soon as you are able if your leave is not planned.
    Length of leave of absence Up to 12-16 weeks a year depending on qualifying condition, measured forward from first day of PFML leave (up to 18 weeks if you have pregnancy complications). Up to 12 weeks a year, measured looking backward from first day of FMLA leave.
    Family Member Definition Same as FMLA, but also includes grandchildren, grandparents, siblings, in-laws. Child, parent, spouse, state registered domestic partner.
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