Gov. Jay Inslee visited the Employment Security Department last Friday to talk with the team that’s building the state’s new paid family and medical leave program. It launched its first round of premium collections on July 1. Starting in January 2020, workers can receive up to 12 weeks of family leave and 12 weeks of medical leave.
The governor spoke with employees about how the agency is engaging with employers and workers across the state to make this new program a success. Starting in January 2020, workers can receive up to 12 weeks of family leave and 12 weeks of medical leave.
Washington became the fifth state in the U.S. to establish a paid family and medical leave program for workers — and arguably the most forward-thinking one in the nation. The new program is crucial for helping workers care for their newborn children, an aging loved one or sick relative.
You can read how the Legislature passed the paid family leave program bill on the governor’s Medium page.