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2019 Washington State FMLA Program

September 24, 2018

A new FMLA mandate has been adopted in the state of Washington. Here is a quick breakdown:

  • Employers are required to report employee wages, hours worked and additional information every quarter.
  • Premiums are 0.4% of gross wages paid.
  • The premium is shared by the employer and employee
  • Employers may choose to pay the employee's share of the premium
  • Premium collection begins in 2019 and claims for leave benefits start in 2020.
  • Workers can take leave for qualified events for up to 12 weeks generally, and up to 18 weeks under exceptional circumstances.

Employer's Responsibility:

  • Report employee information
  • Collect and remit premiums

The mandate will become effective on 01/01/2020, however, the state is requiring employer and employee contributions for the new FMLA benefit to be paid in 2019.

For more information, the paid leave website is: www.paidleave.wa.gov

If you have any questions, please contact your Lovitt & Touché representative.