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Apply now. You’ve already earned it.

Paid Family and Medical Leave is a new benefit for people who work in Washington—and it’s available now. Apply now to receive paid time off to care for yourself or a family member.

When should you apply?

Apply for Paid Family and Medical Leave after a new child has joined your family, or once you or your family member is unable to work due to a serious health condition, or when you’re spending time with a family member in the military returning from a deployment overseas.

You can start taking time off right away when you or your family member is unable to work. Then, apply as soon as you are physically able, or ask someone you trust to help you apply.

Are you going to apply? Before getting started, make sure you have what you need.
Apply now for Paid Family and Medical Leave

You can apply for Paid Family and Medical Leave online or with a paper application.

Need help or want to request the paper application? Contact us at paidleave@esd.wa.gov or by phone at (833) 717-2273.