The Employment Security Department is seeking your assistance with development of the scope and content of the rules for the Paid Family and Medical Leave insurance program. There will be several phases of the rulemaking process, each related to different parts of the law. ESD would like your feedback on each phase prior to submitting the complete draft proposal of the rules. Details on each phase are outlined below.

More information on the rulemaking process is available on the ESD rulemaking page.

On this page: 

 Phase One | Phase Two | Phase Three | Phase Four  | Upcoming Meetings 

Phase One

Phase One is related to the following topics:

  • Collective bargaining agreements
  • Premium liability
  • Voluntary plans

Phase One rules are now final. Rules normally become effective 31 days after they are filed with the Code Reviser.




Phase Two

Phase Two is related to the following topics:

  • Employer responsibilities
  • Penalties
  • Small business assistance


Up Next*

  • June 25: Second Phase Two Stakeholder Meeting (details below)

*Some dates are subject to change. Please continue to check this website or join our listserv for updates.

Phase Three
Phase Three is slated to begin in August 2018 and is related to the following topic:
  • Benefits

Check back soon for the Phase Three timeline and other resources.

Phase Four

Phase Four is slated to begin in mid 2019 and is related to the following topic:

  • Appeals

Check back soon for the Phase Four timeline and other resources.

Phase Two Stakeholder Meeting

June 25 | 9:00 a.m.

Employment Security Department | 640 Woodland Park Loop | Lacey, Washington

Remote participation via WebEx | Call-in Number: 855-929-3239 | Access code: 808 197 196 | Password: PFML2018