The Employment Security Department is seeking your assistance with development of the scope and content of the rules for the Paid Family and Medical Leave insurance program. There will be several phases of the rulemaking process, each related to different parts of the law. ESD would like your feedback on each phase prior to submitting the complete draft proposal of the rules. 

Phase One

Phase One rules are now final. Read the post-adoption notice.

Phase One is related to the following topics:

  • Collective bargaining agreements
  • Premium liability
  • Voluntary plans




Phase Two

Phase Two rules are now final. 

Download the Phase Two Timeline



  • Read the CR-102 (notice of proposed rules)
  • Read the proposed rules related to:
    • Employment Security Rule Governance
    • Definitions
    • Assessing and Collecting Premiums
    • Voluntary Plans
    • Employer Responsibilities
    • Penalties and Audits
    • Small Business Assistance
    • Dispute Resolution
    • Practice and Procedure
  • Read the Phase Two Significance Analysis (required explanation of why the department is proposing this rule, including a quality and cost-benefit analysis)


Phase Three

Phase Three is related to the following topics:
  • Benefit applications
  • Benefit eligibility

Download the Phase Three Timline


Up next:

Phase Four

Phase Four is related to the following topics:

  • Continuation of Benefits
  • Fraud

Download the Phase Four Timeline


Up next

Phase Five

Phase Five is slated to begin in 2019 and is related to the following topics:

  • Job Protection
  • Benefit Overpayments
  • Miscellaneous

Up next:

  • Jan. 11, 2019: Phase Five listening session (details coming soon)

Phase Six

Phase Six is slated to begin in 2019 and is related to the following topics:

  • Appeals

Check back soon for more resources.