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Paid Family & Medical Leave Update

The Employment Security Department (ESD) updated its Paid Family and Medical Leave Program Employer Toolkit and launched Phase Six rulemaking.

Employer Toolkit

The Employment Security Department (ESD) has updated its Paid Family and Medical Leave Program Employer Toolkit. The latest update includes revised information regarding the employer reporting timeline. 

Paid Family & Medical Leave Rulemaking

Additionally, ESD has filed Phase Six of the Paid Family and Medical Leave Rules

The proposed rules include language addressing the appeals process for the program and language amending employer voluntary plan information. The new rules also incorporate changes resulting from the 2019 Legislative Session. 

Legislative updates include allowing an employer to waive certain employee notice requirements, such as providing 30-day notice when leave is foreseeable, and stipulating that an employee cannot work and receive benefits at the same time. Employers will now also have the option to offer company provided paid leave on top of an employee’s Paid Family and Medical Leave benefit.

View Proposed Rules
You can submit feedback regarding the draft rules through ESD’s public comment portal or by attending a rule hearing:

Phase Six Public Hearing 
November 7, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Employment Security Department
Park Place A & B
640 Woodland Square Loop SE
Lacey, WA 98503

Phase Six Public Hearing 
November 12, 2019 at 9:00 AM
DoubleTree by Hilton Spokane City Center
322 N. Spokane Falls Court, Suite B  
Spokane, WA 99201

Learn more about employer requirements under Washington’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Program by reading "Paid Family & Medical Leave: How to Prepare as an Employer" on the WSDA Blog.  
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