Is there assistance for small business?

Grants are available for small businesses to help cover the costs of hiring temporary employees when a member of your team uses Paid Family and Medical Leave. To be eligible for these grants, your business must average 150 or fewer employees. Businesses that average fewer than 50 employees must opt-in to the program and pay the employer portion of premiums to be eligible. The opt-in process will be available in 2020, so employers and employer agents should not submit the employer portion at this time.

Grants of up to $3,000 are available and can be issued 10 times per year to a single employer. A business must apply for these grants. More information about the application process will be available in 2020.

A grant of $1,000 is available to businesses who experience significant wage-related costs due to an employee’s leave when using Paid Family and Medical Leave.

You can learn more about Small Business Assistance in the RCW here.