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Paid Family & Medical Leave

Senate Bill 5975, RCW 50A.04

Starting Jan 2019, all eligible employees will have a monthly paid leave deduction.  See example below for monthly deduction.

Starting in 2020, Washington will be the fifth state in the nation to offer paid family and medical leave benefits to workers.  The program will be funded by premiums paid by both employees and many employers, and will be administered by the Employment Security Department (ESD).  This insurance program will allow workers to take up to 12 weeks, as needed, when they welcome a new child into their family, are struck by a serious illness or injury, need to take care of an ill or ailing relative and for certain military connected events.  If workers experience multiple events in a health condition with a pregnancy that results in incapacity.

As directed by the Legislature, premium assessment begins Jan. 1, 2019 and benefits can be taken starting Jan. 1, 2020.

https://esd.wa.gov/paid-family-medical-leave

Quick Facts

  • Employers must collect and remit premiums starting in 2019.
  • The total premium for 2019 is 0.4%, shared by the employer (37%) and employee (63%).
  • An employer can elect to pay the employee's share of the premium.
  • Employers with fewer than 50 employees are not required to pay the employer portion of the premium.
  • Premiums must be remitted quarterly during the month following each completed calendar quarter.
  • Premium withholdings are capped at the Social Security cap, $128,400 in 2018.

https://esd.wa.gov/paid-family-medical-leave/premiums

Withholding Example

In this example, the employer is using the state plan for both family and medical leave.  An employee has earned $2,500 gross pay in a single pay period.  The premium is 0.4% in 2019.

First, calculate the employee's total premium.

$2500 * .004 = $10

The employee contributes $6.33.  The employer contributes $3.67.

https://esdorchardstorage.blob.core.windows.net/esdwa/Default/ESDWAGOV/paid-family-medical-leave/Paid-Family-Medical-vs-Paid-Sick-1.pdf