Working during COVID-19

Shared Leave Program expanded to cover COVID-19

Updated October 2, 2020

As a result of House Bill 2739, signed into law on March 17, the state of Washington’s Shared Leave Program has been expanded to cover COVID-19 related absences.

Seattle, Bothell, and Tacoma campuses: Consistent with House Bill 2739 and Proclamation 20-43, effective April 10, 2020 to November 9, 2020, employees may request shared leave donations as a result of COVID-19. For example, an employee may request shared leave when telework is not an option and the employee meets the CDC criteria for individuals at high-risk for severe illness due to COVID-19, or when telework is not an option and the employee must care for a child whose place of care is closed due to COVID-19. Departments should consult with UWHR regarding any budgetary concerns.

Medical centers employees: Employees may request shared leave donations if they find themselves or their relative or household member has a confirmed 2019 novel coronavirus infection or if employees are in a high-risk category for illness due to exposure to COVID-19 and a work accommodation is not feasible.

In addition to covering COVID-19, the Shared Leave Program changes also allow employees requesting a donation to maintain a reserve of up to forty (40) hours each of sick and vacation time off while using donated shared leave, depending on the qualifying circumstance.

For more information on the Shared Leave Program including the changes described above and how to apply, visit UWHR’s Shared Leave Program webpage.