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This is an important message for any employer with employees in Washington state. Not an employer or self-employed? No action is needed at this time.

About this message: This email is designed to help employers report and remit premiums for Paid Family and Medical Leave between July 1 and August 31, 2019. For more information, visit

About the program: In 2017, Washington’s Legislature passed a paid family and medical leave law. Starting in 2020, Washington will be the fifth state in the nation to offer paid family and medical leave benefits to workers. A premium of employee gross wages will fund the program, with the cost shared by both employees and many employers. The Employment Security Department administers the program.

Self-employed? No action is required of you for this program, but you can opt-in! To learn more, go to

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Paid Family and Medical Leave reporting and remitting has begun. Employers and employer agents have until August 31, 2019 to file 2019 Q1 and Q2 reports and remit premiums.

As this is a new program and technology system, Employment Security extended the deadline for reporting from July 31 to August 31. We are still encouraging employers to begin the account creation process as early as possible to ensure you have enough time to set up your account, file and pay for both quarters before the August 31 deadline. 

Our how-to videos and written instructions will walk you through the process of setting up an account, registering as an employer, manual entry and uploading a file.

We’ve updated content on our website, too! 

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Plan for planned system outages

The reporting system will be closed and unavailable during a series of planned outages throughout July and August. These outages will allow the time to address any system issues or irregularities that arise during the first week post-launch and each week throughout the reporting period. Scheduled outages are:

  • 12 to 2 p.m. on July 3
  • 12 to 1 p.m. July 5
  • 3 to 5 p.m. each Tuesday through reporting period (July 9, 16, 23 and 30; August 6,13, 20, 27)

Our website,, will be available during all outages, and the Customer Care Team will be available for phone calls 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Phone lines will be closed all day on July 4.

Announcements and maintenance schedules are posted at

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For more information:

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Go to our reporting page

Participate in a reporting webinar

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Employment Security is continuously developing this new program and we appreciate your feedback! Take our short survey here: