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OLYMPIA – Benefits for Washington’s Paid Family & Medical Leave program are an increasingly vital source of support for Washington workers. To keep pace with more people using the program, and as required by law, the premium rate will increase in 2023. 

Starting Jan. 1, 2023: 

  • The total premium rate will be 0.8%. The rate for 2022 is 0.6%. 
  • Employers will pay 27.24% of the total premium and employees will pay 72.76% - a ratio similar to 2022. 

The program is funded by premiums collected from employees and employers in Washington state. By law, the Employment Security Department (ESD) recalculates the premium rate annually in October based on program usage and premiums collected the previous year. More than 154,000 individuals claimed benefits in 2022, paying more than $1 billion in benefits to Washington workers. 

Businesses classified by ESD as having fewer than 50 employees are not required to pay the employer portion of the premium. However, they must still collect the employee premium or pay the employees’ premiums on their behalf. 

Information can be found at paidleave.wa.gov. 

Media contact: media@ESD.WA.GOV