Collections for Washington State paid family & medical leave begin January 1st
At some time in our lives, we all need to receive care-whether that’s recovering from a serious illness or injury, caring for a new child, or supporting an aging parent. Paid Family and Medical Leave is a shared benefit that gives every Washingtonian support when they can’t be at work. It means people don’t have to choose between their job, their health, and their family.
Collections from your paycheck towards the Washington Family Paid and Medical Leave Act will begin next month on January 1st. The premium will be 0.4% in 2019. As an example, an employee who has earned $2,500 in gross pay in a single pay period the premium would be $10.
The benefits of the program will start in 2020. If you are eligible, you will be entitled to take up to 12 weeks (18 weeks in limited special circumstances) of paid leave. Washington’s law includes partial wage replacement, and your benefits will depend on how much you earn in a typical week.