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What Does Washington’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Mean for Employers?

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During the 2017 legislative session, Washington’s Legislature approved Senate Bill 5975 – Family and Medical Leave Program – and the new law went into effect on October 19, 2017.

According to the official website, the program is being administered by the Employment Security Department. Eligible individuals may apply for benefits starting Jan. 1, 2020.

What does this mean for employers?

Reporting for Paid Family and Medical Leave is now open via https://paidleave.wa.gov/reporting.

Reporting periods follow calendar quarters and are aligned with the reporting periods for Unemployment Insurance (see table below).

Reporting quarter Report due
Q1: January, February, March April 30*
Q2: April, May, June July 31*
Q3: July, August, September October 31
Q4: October, November, December January 31

 

* Q1 and Q2 reports will be due August 31 for 2019 only.

Overall, employers will be required to report the total premiums collected (if any) from employees as well as the following for each employee: SSN or ITIN, First and Last name with middle initial and the wages paid within the reporting quarter and related hours.

For more information on the Paid Family and Medical Leave program, visit https://paidleave.wa.gov/reporting or contact your Berntson Porter representative. We’re here to help!