Process starts for Paid Family and Medical Leave Program
0.4 percent of paychecks will go toward paid leave benefits that start in 2020
Last updated 2/1/2019 at 9:47am
Starting this month, eligible employees in Washington and most employers will begin paying premiums through a statewide insurance program that will go toward Paid Family and Medical Leave benefits starting in January of 2020.
Senate Bill 5975, which was overwhelmingly approved by the state Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee during the 2017 legislative session, incorporated the paid family leave aspect of Initiative 1433 that was easily approved by voters in 2016. Initiative 1433 will incrementally raise the state’s minimum wage to $13.50 by 2020 and required employers to p...