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Paid Family and Medical Leave


The deadline for Paid Family and Medical Leave wage reporting and premium payments has changed. Reporting and payments for quarters one and two should be submitted between July 1 and August 31, 2019. For more information, visit the reporting page on our Paid Leave website.


Be there for care.

At some time in our lives, we all need to give or receive care—whether recovering from a serious illness or injury, caring for a new child or supporting an aging parent. Paid Family and Medical Leave is a shared benefit that gives every Washingtonian support when they can’t be at work. It means people don’t have to choose between their job, their health and their family.

In 2020, our program will be the strongest in the nation and a model for other states looking to implement this benefit.

To build the program, requirements for employers began on Jan. 1, 2019. For details, download the Paid Family and Medical Leave employer toolkit.

For more information, visit our Paid Family and Medical Leave website at www.paidleave.wa.gov.

Office of the Paid Family and Medical Leave Ombuds

The Ombuds is appointed by the governor and serves as an independent third-party to help workers and employers in their dealings with the program. The Office of the Paid Family and Medical Leave Ombuds is a neutral, independent third party and maintains full autonomy from the department. For more information on their role or to ask for their assistance, visit the Ombuds website.