Washington State Paid Family and Medical Leave Program

What are the types of leave included in the program?

  • Family Leave: (1) Provide care for a family member with a serious health condition; (2) Bond with a child after birth, adoption, or foster placement, and; (3) Foreign military exigency.
    • Family member: A child, grandchild, grandparent, parent, parent-in-law, sibling, or spouse.
  • Medical Leave: For an employee’s own serious health condition, include pregnancy-related disability.
  • Applies the same medical condition and military exigency requirements as stated in the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). 

Who is in the program?

  • All employees, including those at small businesses (i.e. ≤ 50 employees);
    • Qualifying period: 820 hours of work in Washington State in four of the last five quarters
  • Employers with 51+ employees, unless they receive an approved waiver for offering an equivalent, private program;
  • Employers with ≤ 50 employees are not required to pay the employer premiums;
    • To be eligible for business assistance grants, they may opt-in for a minimum of three years and pay the employer premium.
  • Independent contractors and self-employed may opt-in.
    • They may opt-in for a minimum of three years and must pay 100% of the premium.
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