About us

About us

Our mission

To provide an easily accessible benefit that helps employers and employees maintain economic stability and peace of mind in challenging times.

Our vision

For Washingtonians to be able to take time to care for themselves and the people they love.

Washington is one of six states that offers Paid Family and Medical Leave benefits to workers. The program is funded by premiums paid by both employees and employers. It is administered by the Employment Security Department (ESD).

As directed by the Legislature, premium assessment began on Jan. 1, 2019 and benefits began on Jan. 1, 2020.

Advisory Committee

The Paid Family and Medical Leave Advisory Committee consists of eight voting members, four representing employees and four representing employers. An ESD representative and the ombuds are ex officio members. The committee may comment on rules, policies and other specified matters and study issues as the committee determines. 

Learn more on the Advisory Committee page.

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.