Are you ready for the WA Paid Family and Medical Leave Program?

Seattle District Office  -  Dec. 4, 2019

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Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave

The Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave Program Begins in 2020

The Paid Family and Medical Leave is a statewide insurance program. Review the following information to understand your role as a small business owner and stay in compliance with the new law.

Employer responsibilities

With very few exceptions, employers will have a responsibility to:

  1. Report employee wages, hours worked and other information for all employees.
  2. Collect and remit premiums. This requirement began Jan. 1, 2019, however, if you did not start collecting premiums from employees at that time, there is no penalty and you can begin withholding at any time provided you give your employees notice one pay period in advance.
  3. Display a mandatory poster to notify employees of the program. The poster will be available before Jan. 1, 2020.

Small business assistance

Grants of up to $3,000 are available for small businesses to help cover the costs of hiring temporary employees when a member of your team uses Paid Family and Medical Leave. Grants can be issued 10 times per year to a single employer.

A grant of $1,000 is available to businesses who experience significant wage-related costs due to an employee’s leave when using Paid Family and Medical Leave.

Info for the self-employed

Sole proprietors, independent contractors, partners and joint ventures may choose to opt in to the program.  

Want more info about the new law? 

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