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.
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.
Use our handy calculator to determine your quarterly premium payments.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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