HB1087 clarifies that the 2017 Substitute Senate Bill No. 5975, created the Paid Family And Medical Leave Act to replace and enhance the existing unpaid family and medical leave laws, which, since enacted in 1989, afford employees the right to unpaid and family and medical leave.
However, the passage of the Paid Family And Medical Leave Act did not, and was not intended to, undermine any right, liability, or obligation prior to its repeal, or under any rule or order adopted under those statutes.
Accordingly, a cause of action for conduct, acts, or omissions occurring on or before December 31, 2019, under chapter 49.78 RCW remains available within its applicable statute of limitations. As an exercise of the state's police powers and for remedial purposes, this subsection applies retroactively to claims based on conduct, acts, or omissions that occurred on or before December 31, 2019.