HB 1521 – State Employee Leave

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April 18, 2017

HB 1521 was signed by Governor Inslee today. Check out the bill signing photo below. And here’s a write up from Walker Orenstein with the New Tribune about the bill.

Gov. Inslee signs Substitute House Bill No. 1521, May 4, 2017. Relating to removing the requirement that an employee must work at least six months before taking vacation leave. Primary Sponsor: Laurie Dolan
Gov. Inslee signs Substitute House Bill No. 1521, May 4, 2017. Relating to removing the requirement that an employee must work at least six months before taking vacation leave. Primary Sponsor: Laurie Dolan

April 12, 2017

HB 1521 was approved by the full Senate. The bill now goes to Governor Inslee for his signature.


April 3, 2017

HB 1521 was approved by the Senate Ways & Means Committee and now awaits further consideration by the full Senate.


March 29, 2017

HB 1521 was approved by the Senate State Government Committee and now goes to the Senate Ways & Means Committee for consideration.


March 24, 2017
HB 1521 will be heard in the Senate State Government committee, March 24 at 8 a.m. Click here to watch the testimony.


March 1, 2017
The bill passed the House floor by a vote of 65-33. It will now go to the Senate for consideration.
Here’s a quick video of the House floor debate.

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February 21, 2017
The House Appropriations Committee approved the bill. It was amended by the committee to remove an unintended fiscal impact on the state budget.

The bill now goes to the House Rules committee where it will wait for future consideration by the full House of Representatives.


February 8, 2017
The House State Government committee approved the bill and it will now go to the House Appropriations committee for further discussion.


February 7, 2017
A public hearing was held for HB 1521. You can watch the committee testimony below:

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January 23, 2017
State agencies need as many tools as possible to recruit and retain high-quality employees, especially when competition for these employees is as fierce as it is today.

HB 1521 is a small bill, but an important one, for newly-hired state employees. Sometimes family and personal circumstances don’t wait until you have been in a job for six months, a standard probationary period, and this bill would allow employees to access earned vacation during those first six months.

This is a great family-friendly bill that will help us retain our valuable state employees.