Paid Family and Medical Leave benefits begin in January

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Get ready for Paid Family and Medical Leave

Prepare for Washington's new benefit with these resources.

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Our website got a makeover! Hit refresh for even more information about reporting and benefits. 

Now available


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Mandatory poster and notice now available!

Download the mandatory workplace poster and hang it in a place where your employees will see it. 

The employer notice to an employee who may be eligible for the benefit, or the "statement of employee rights," is also now available for download on the employer page of our website. If an employee has been out of work for seven consecutive days for reasons that could be covered by this program, you have five days to provide this notice to them.

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Join us for a webinar

We have two more webinars scheduled before the new year! Register for our Dec. 27 or Dec. 30 employer webinars. 

You can also watch a recorded employer webinar and other reporting tutorials.


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Employer Toolkit 

We've updated our Employer Toolkit with more information about benefits.

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We're here to help

In anticipation of the launch of benefits, our system is shut down and employers will not be able to submit reports or payments during this time. Please go to our Support page for more details as they become available.


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Tips for contacting us:

We experience high call volumes during reporting periods and expect a bump in calls as benefits become available in January. Before calling, please consider reading our FAQs and getting more info on our website at

Our Customer Care Team is available to assist by phone at 833-717-2273 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. PST M-F, or by email at Please note: Our office will be closed Jan. 1, 2020.