2/16/17 A bill to allow state employee spouses or domestic partners to donate shared leave to each other as parental leave for child care purposes got a good Senate hearing Thursday (Feb. 16).
The bill's sponsor, Sen. Rebecca Saldana of the 37th Dist., said SB 5479 "supports families and makes sure that children have the care that they need."
Dennis Eagle, the Federation's director of legislative and political action, told the Senate Commerce, Labor and Sports Committee it was a "great idea."
"It's a way for the state to be a little more family friendly at no cost to the taxpayer," Eagle said.
Meanwhile, the separate Federation-backed shared leave/parental leave bill (SHB 1434) is scheduled for a hearing Monday in the House Appropriations Committee. This the bill that would make the required change in state law to enact our negotiated language that would add the use of shared leave for employees who are sick or temporarily disabled because of pregnancy disability or for the purposes of parental leave to bond with the employee's newborn, adoptive or foster child.