Maternity Leave Entitlements

The pregnancy disability leave begins with the documentation of baby's birth and the estimated recovery. Please print the documented birth form to be completed by your doctor when baby arrives. A typical timeframe for a routine pregnancy and recovery is 6 to 8 weeks. In addition to the birth and recovery, you may also be entitled to leave under the Washington State Family Leave Act (FLA) and/or the Federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). If eligible, these leave entitlements provide up to eighteen (18) weeks of unpaid, job protected leave. If you do not meet the eligibility requirements for FMLA or FLA, you may also review leave provisions in your Collective Bargaining Agreement. 

The Family Medical Leave (FMLA)  will run concurrently with the documented pregnancy disability (PDL). At the conclusion of your PDL (recovery time) your further entitlement under the WA Family Leave (FLA) will begin. These entitlements overlap one another. Please see the example below for a diagram of how the 3 leave entitlements intersect:  

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) - 12 weeks (full entitlement)

01/03/20                                                                                                    04/01/20

Pregnancy Disability (PDL) - 8 weeks
(as documented by the doctor) 

01/03/20 (Baby's DOB)                                     02/28/20 

                                                                                           Washington State Family Leave Act - 12 weeks (full entitlement)


                                                                                           03/02/20                                                                                06/02/20
Planned return to work date: 06/03/2020

It is the District's responsibility to apply these leave entitlements within your maternity leave. We do not require additional FMLA or FLA forms to be completed for use of these entitlements. All we need is a pregnancy notification of your estimated due date, to initiate the maternity leave process.  

NEW effective January 1, 2020:

The current Washington State Family Leave Act will soon be replaced with the new Paid Family Medical Leave. If you think you may qualify for this benefit please check in with your Human Resources Leave and Accommodations Coordinator for further information and claim instructions.