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Learn about your role in Paid Family and Medical Leave.

How Paid Leave works

When an employee has a qualifying event, they will apply for leave directly with the state. The state will notify you of your employee’s application, including leave start and end dates.

Employer role and responsibilities

Employers of every size are required to collect premiums and submit reports to the state each quarter. You are also required to notify your employees about the program.

File your quarterly report and premiums

As a Washington employer, you are required to report your employees’ wages and hours and submit premiums on a quarterly basis—unless you had no payroll expenses during that quarter.

More tools to help you with Paid Family and Medical Leave

Small businesses: Up to 150 employees

While businesses with fewer than 50 employees do not have to contribute to their employees’ premiums, you do play a role in the program. Also, there are special grant programs for employers with fewer than 150 employees.

Tribal businesses

Tribes are able to opt-in, allowing employees of tribally owned businesses to participate. Other businesses located on tribal land cannot opt into Paid Family and Medical Leave.

Employer agents

An employer agent, or third-party administrator, is a business that has an agreement with one or more client companies to manage their Paid Family and Medical Leave reporting, premium payments, benefit claims or other related tasks.

Voluntary plans

Voluntary plans are employer-run paid family and/or medical leave insurance programs. Employers can choose to use a voluntary plan for family leave, medical leave or both.