The path to Paid Family and Medical Leave

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

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

  • Final Bill Report
  • Session Law

2020: The program is administered by the Employment Security Department. Eligible individuals began applying for benefits starting January 2020.

Research that informed the program