Washington state revving up to implement Paid Family and Medical Leave programs Jan. 1

Olympia, Wash. - It's almost the new year, which also means that some components of the new Paid Family and Medical Leave programs are being rolled out Jan. 1.  The initial law was passed in 2017 with bi-partisan support, and outlines the opportunity for employees to take paid time to care for themselves or a family member through illness or injury, military related events, or to spend time with a child recently born.

The Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) released a statement that outlines new standards that employers must enforce. Eligible benefit claims can be filed starting Jan. 1, 2020.

"Virtually all employers in Washington must participate, including small, medium and large businesses, non-profits, charities and faith organizations," the organization says.

ESD also released digital tool kits which include reporting requirements, samples of employee communications in various languages and premium calculation information to help guide employers through the newly enforced parts of the law. 

Starting Jan. 1, 2019 employers are expected to begin withholding Paid Family and Medical Leave premiums from employee paychecks, in addition to preparing for quarterly reporting which tracks hours and wages of all employees, including temporary, part-time and seasonal.

Washington is the fifth state to implement a program for Paid Family and Medical Leave.


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