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Paid Leave

Initiative 1433 and the City of Tacoma's Employment Standards

Tacoma employers and workers are reaching out to us with questions about the impacts of Washington State Initiative 1433 (I-1433 relates to statewide paid sick leave and minimum wage). More information is available on the Employment Standards web page.

Paid Leave in the City of Tacoma

As of February 1, 2016, employers are required to provide up to 24 hours of paid leave annually to employees working within Tacoma. The leave can be used for temporary time off work for health, safety, or family care needs. Other uses include work or school closures ordered by public officials or for bereavement.


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Who earns paid leave?

The Paid Leave Ordinance applies to all employees (full-time, part-time, and temporary) who work within the geographic boundaries of Tacoma for more than 80 hours in a calendar year.

How much is earned?

All employees earn one hour for every 40 hours worked within Tacoma, up to 24 hours within a calendar year.  Employees may carry forward up to 24 hours of unused paid leave into the next year.

How much can be used each year?

Use of paid leave is limited to 40 hours in a calendar year.


When can employees begin using accrued leave?

Employees may use paid leave 180 days after the start of employment.


What if my paid time off benefits exceed these amounts?

The Paid Leave Ordinance and Paid Leave Rules set a minimum employment standard and are in no way intended to limit or prohibit more generous leave policies.


Printable Paid Leave Posters and Brochures

Access printable brochures and posters on paid leave using the links below.

Workplace Notice

Employers are required to provide notice of paid leave. There are options for how to provide this notice, including posting the notice in a conspicuous and accessible place, including the notice in employee handbooks, or distributing a copy to each employee.


Workplace Notices in Six Languages


Paid Leave Brochure

Printable overview of the Paid Leave Ordinance in a tri-fold brochure.

Download the Paid Leave Brochure


Paid Leave Poster (General)

Image of the Paid Leave poster

Additional Posters