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Washington Paid Family & Medical Leave (WA PFML)

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Washington Paid Family & Medical Leave

Washington passed a Paid Family and Medical Leave (WA PFML) law effective January 1, 2020. The leave provides benefits for WA workers who are unable to work due to a qualified leave reason.

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Information presented below as of 1/1/2022

Effective Date

Paid Family and Medical Leave Act enacted in July 2017
  • Effective 1/1/2019: Premium collection begins
  • Effective 1/1/2020: Benefit eligibility begins

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Plan Features

Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave plan features
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Covered Employer All Washington employers, including out-of-state employers with Washington employees
Eligibility

Worked at least 820 hours during the qualifying period (first 4 of the prior five calendar quarters)

Certain workers are not eligible for paid leave, including:

  • Federal employees
  • People employed by businesses located on tribal land
  • Self-employed people who choose not to opt in to the state program
  • Union members subject to collective bargaining agreements that have not been re-opened or renegotiated since October 19, 2017
Covered Family Members
  • Spouses and domestic partners
  • Children (biological, adopted, foster, or stepchild)
  • Parents and legal guardians (or spouse's parents)
  • Siblings
  • Grandchildren
  • Grandparents (or spouse's grandparents)
  • Son-in-law and daughter-in-law
  • Someone who has an expectation to rely on you for care-whether you live together or not
Leave Types
  • Employee’s own serious health condition
  • Family Leave:
    • Care of a seriously ill family member
    • New child bonding within 12 months of birth or placement
    • Military exigency
Waiting Period
  • 7 calendar days beginning the Sunday prior to the 1st day of leave
  • May be satisfied with 8 consecutive hours of leave
  • Waived for bonding leave
  • Waived for military exigency (effective 6/11/20)
  • One Waiting Period per Claim Year (52-week period)
Weekly Benefit
Weekly Benefits, employee's average weekly wage prior to leave versus weekly benefit percentage
Employee’s Average Weekly Wage (AWW) Prior to Leave Weekly Benefit %
50% or less of State Average Weekly wage (SAWW) 90% of employee’s AWW
Greater than 50% of SAWW The sum of 90% of employee AWW up to 50% of the SAWW; plus 50% of the employee’s AWW that is greater than 50%
Maximum Benefit
  • Effective 1/1/22-weekly benefit max is $1,327
  • Weekly benefit max is calculated based on 90% of the State Average Weekly Wage (2022=$1,475)
Maximum Duration
  • Up to 12 weeks
  • Combined Medical & Family Leave: Up to 16 weeks (18 if leave needed for incapacity due to pregnancy-related health condition)
State Premium Rate
  • 0.6% of each employee's gross wages, not including tips, up to the 2022 Social Security cap ($147,000)
  • Premium rate will be shared between employee (~73%) and employer (~27%%). Employers with 50 employees or less are not required to contribute
  • Rate to be set by the Employment Security Department annually
Voluntary Plans Self-insured Voluntary Plan
Additional Information https://paidleave.wa.gov/ opens in a new window
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Need More Information?

Visit Washington’s PFML website opens in a new window for more details and to read the regulations.

Please contact your Prudential representative with questions.

The Prudential Insurance Company of America (Prudential), Newark, NJ
For Compliance Use Only: GL.2019.230

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