Paid Family and Medical Leave 


Supporting working families and helping businesses thrive as life happens.

“All too often, new parents and those with aging or sick loved ones face no-win decisions pitting the need for a paycheck against the need to be there for their family.”   Governor Jay Inslee

Starting in 2020, Washington will be the fifth state in the nation to offer paid family and medical leave benefits to workers. The program will be funded by premiums paid by both employees and many employers, and will be administered by the Employment Security Department (ESD). This insurance program will allow workers to take up to 12 weeks, as needed, when they welcome a new child into their family, are struck by a serious illness or injury, or need to take care of an ill or ailing relative. If workers experience multiple events in a given year, they may be eligible to receive up to 16 weeks, or up to 18 weeks if the employee experiences a serious health condition with a pregnancy that results in incapacity.

As directed by the Legislature, premium payments begin on Jan. 1, 2019 and benefits can be taken starting Jan. 1, 2020.

Next Advisory Committee Meeting

  • When: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. on April 17, 2018  
  • Where: Employment Security Conference Room Park Place A & B (1st Floor)  |  640 Woodland Square Loop SE  |  Lacey, WA  |  98503
  • Conference line: 360-407-3780 Passcode: TBD
  • Agenda TBD  

Next Stakeholder Listening Session

  • When: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. on March 26, 2018  
  • Where: Employment Security Conference Room Park Place A & B (1st Floor)  |  640 Woodland Square Loop SE  |  Lacey, WA  |  98503
  • Conference line: 360-407-3780 Passcode: TBD
  • Agenda TBD

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