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2020

January 2020

January 2, 2020
News release: Paid Family and Medical Leave is here – and it’s a game changer for Washington

2019

December 2019

December 26, 2019
Employer email – Website makeover and new resources: Prepare to take leave with these tools on the new website.

December 13, 2019
Employer email – Resources for employers and employees: Get ready for 2020 with these infographics, guides and videos.

December 11, 2019
News release: Paid Family and Medical Leave is almost here – get ready now

October 2019

October 29, 2019
Employer email – Quarter 3 reporting ends Oct. 31: This email provides a reminder about the Q3 reporting period and links to frequently asked questions about reporting.

October 3, 2019
Employer email – Quarter 3 reporting open: This email provides information about the Q3 reporting period and a link to a video that employers can share with their employees to learn more about the program.

September 2019

September 20, 2019
Employer email – Reporting continues: This email provides notes about reporting and a tutorial video about linking to a client.

August 2019

August 30, 2019
Employer email – We’re here to help with reporting: This email provides information about the reporting deadline and challenges we are addressing.

August 13, 2019
Employer email – Reporting deadline approaching: This email provides reporting tips and tricks.

July 2019

July 29, 2019
Employer agent – Account set up and POA details: This email provides important power of attorney information.

July 2, 2019
Employer email – Reporting starts now: The Paid Family and Medical Leave technology system has launched. This email provides an update to the 2019 Q1 and Q2 reporting deadline and details about planned system outages.

July 2, 2019
News release: Paid Family and Medical Leave benefits one-step closer as technology system launches.

June 2019

June 20, 2019
Employer email – Videos: This email provides a link to our employer reporting overview video and a downloadable checklist for setting up an account and filing reports for Q1 and Q2.

June 14, 2019
Employer email – Checklist: This email provides a downloadable checklist for setting up an account and filing reports for Q1 and Q2.

June 2019
Letter sent to all employers: This letter contains instructions for creating an account, filing reports and paying premiums for 2019 Q1 and Q2.

May 2019

May 7, 2019
Written testimony – Read the full written testimony by Commissioner Suzi LeVine for the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee’s hearing on Paid Family and Medical Leave.
Watch the hearing

May 7, 2019
MEDIA ALERT: Commissioner Suzi LeVine to testify on Paid Leave before U.S. House Ways & Means Committee.

April 2019

April 26, 2019
Employer email – Reminder about revised reporting timeline for Q1 2019

April 3, 2019
News release – Bill to strengthen Paid Family and Medical Leave signed into law

March 2019

March 13, 2019
Employer email – Reporting deadline update: This is an important message to all employers in Washington about the revised deadlines for Q1 Paid Family and Medical Leave reports and premium payments.

March 13, 2019
News release – Paid Family and Medical Leave to launch beta system in April, extend reporting timeline to July

February 2019

Feb. 21, 2019
Employer agent email: This is the first email in a four-part series designed to help employer agents prepare for reporting and remitting for employer clients. (Employer agents are third party administrators who report or pay the State of Washington on behalf of employer clients).

2018

December 2018

Dec. 28, 2018
Employer email – review: This is the fifth email in a five-part series designed to help employers prepare for the requirements that kick in on Jan. 1, 2019.

Dec. 20, 2018
Employer email – paystub insert: This is the fourth email in a five-part series designed to help employers prepare for the requirements that kick in on Jan. 1, 2019. This email provides sample content for intranet sites, company blogs and newsletters, as well as a paystub insert for employees.

Dec. 13, 2018
Employer email – reporting: This is the third email in a five-part series designed to help employers prepare for the Paid Family and Medical Leave requirements that kick in on Jan. 1, 2019.

Dec. 6, 2018
Employer email – premiums: This is the second email in a five-part designed to help employers prepare for the Paid Family and Medical Leave requirements that kick in on Jan. 1, 2019.

Dec. 4, 2018
Letter sent to all known employer addresses: This letter was mailed to about 600,000 business mailing addresses starting Dec. 4, 2018.

November 2018

Nov. 30, 2018
Employer email – program overview: This is the first email in a five-part series designed to help employers prepare for the Paid Family and Medical Leave requirements that kick in on Jan. 1, 2019. It was sent to over 600,000 business email addresses.

Nov. 30, 2018
News release: Premium collection for Paid Family and Medical Leave starts Jan. 1, 2019

July 2018

July 16, 2018
National debate on paid family leave highlights Washington’s best-in-the-nation program. “Whether you work part-time, in multiple jobs, for a small business or a large corporation, by 2020 almost anyone working in this state will be able to take necessary time off to care for themselves and their loved ones,” said ESD Commissioner Suzi LeVine.

July 6, 2018
Commissioner Suzi LeVine submitted written testimony to the U.S. Senate Finance Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions and Family Policy regarding proposed federal paid family leave legislation.

April 2018

April 2, 2018
Critical information for Washington employers  This communication went out to every employer ESD had email addresses for as of March 2018.