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Reminder: Paid Family and Medical Leave Deductions begin January 1, 2019

Published on December 28, 2018

Under Washington’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Act, Washington State will offer paid family and medical leave benefits to workers beginning January 1, 2020. This program will be funded by premiums paid by employers and employees on all wages paid after January 1, 2019.

To be ready for this new law, employers should do the following:

  • Deduct the employees’ portion of the premium (.253% of gross wages) from each paycheck issued after January 1, 2019, or choose to pay this amount on the employees’ behalf
  • For employers with 50 or more employees, budget to pay the employer’s portion of the premium (.147% of gross wages)
  • Pay premiums and report hours worked each quarter (first report and payment is due on April 30, 2019)

The workplace poster for this new law is still not available and employers are not required to post it until January 1, 2020. However, if you would like to notify your employees of the new law in the meantime, you may use the State’s Employee Paystub Insert.


For more information, please feel free to review the State’s website, the webinar on our firm’s website, or contact any member of Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland’s Employment Rights, Benefits & Labor group.

Shannon Lawless is an attorney in Ryan Swanson’s Employment, Rights & Benefits Group and can be reached at [email protected].

This message has been created by the Employment Rights, Benefits & Labor Group at Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC to advise of recent developments in the law. Because each situation is different, this information is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended to provide legal advice on any specific facts and circumstances. Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC is a full-service law firm located in Seattle, Washington.

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