Family Medical Leave Act & Paid Family Medical Leave

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

FMLA entitles eligible employees to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons. 

Important information to know about FMLA: 

  Eligibility Requirements

Employees are eligible if they: 

    • Worked a minimum of 12-months
    • Worked at least 1,250 hours during the previous 12-month period
    • Have a qualifying event
    • Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML) will run concurrent, if applicable

  Covered members

Employee, Spouse, Child, and Parent

  • Employee's own serious condition in which the employee is unable to perform the functions of their job
  • Care for a family member with a serious condition
  • For the birth of a child or placement of a child for adoption or foster care
  • Due to qualifying exigency arising out from the employee's family member is a military member on "covered active duty"
  • To care for a covered service member with a serious injury or illness

  Frequently asked questions about FMLA

    • Do I use my accrued leave or is FMLA unpaid? - FMLA provides Kitsap County employees with job protection while on leave for qualified medical and family reasons. While on FMLA, employees may elect to use accrued sick leave. Exhaustion of all other County leaves (except sick leave) is required before an employee enters unpaid status.

    • When to request FMLA? At least 30 days prior to the date that the leave is to begin, the employee completes the Medical / FMLA Leave Request form and submits it to Human Resources, and notifies their supervisor or department HR Partner. Unforeseen circumstances may waive the 30-day requirement.

    • What do I need to submit? Supporting medical documentation is required. Click here to see the leave checklist, along with all required documentation.

    • How long is FMLA? The maximum approval period is 6 months per application; this may be shorter depending on the medical documentation provided to HR. Employees may apply for renewal.
    • I was injured on the job and am on Workers Compensation, do I qualify for FMLA? 
      The employee's FMLA leave entitlement may run concurrently with a workers' compensation absence when the injury is one that meets the criteria for a "serious health condition." Thus, an employee could receive workers' compensation benefits to replace lost wages, while at the same time having health benefits maintained under the FMLA.


Federal Public Law (29 CFR 825) 

​Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML)

Paid Family and Medical Leave is a new benefit for Washington State workers. It provides wage replacement from the State, when a serious health condition prevents you from working or when you need time to care for a family member, bond with a new child, or spend time with a family member preparing for military service overseas.

  Things to know about PFML

    • When you are on PFML, you will be on unpaid leave with Kitsap County
    • PFML runs concurrently with FMLA, but not used at the same time (cannot use for same days/hours, etc.)
    • PFML applies to new biological, adoptive, or foster children
    • You do not have to use PFML all at once
    • PFML Payments are calculated based on your average weekly earning, with a maximum amount. 
To learn more about PFML, see if you qualify and apply, visit: Washington State's Paid Family Medical Leave