The Path to Paid Family and Medical Leave

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The Legislature approved Senate Bill 5975 during the 2017 legislative session and the new law went into effect on October 19, 2017. 

The program is administered by the Employment Security Department, and the state will begin collecting premiums from employers and employees on Jan. 1, 2019. Eligible individuals may apply for benefits starting Jan. 1, 2020.

Governor Jay Inslee secured a federal grant in 2015 to begin designing a paid family leave program.