Employers doing business in Washington state are gearing up to start collecting and remitting premium payments to the state under Washington’s new paid family medical leave program starting on January 1, 2019. Many of our employer clients are weighing whether to participate in the state-run program, or whether to opt out and seek approval for a Voluntary Plan.
Washington’s law allows employers to create and run their own paid family medical leave programs instead of participating in the state-run program. Below are ten things every Washington employer should consider in making that important decision:
The decision whether to apply for a Voluntary Plan should be made ASAP to allow time for ESD to process the application in time for the employer to avoid participating in the state plan starting on January 1, 2019.
For more information on the new Paid Family Medical Leave insurance program, please register for Lane Powell’s complimentary webinar on December 6, 2018. Our webinar will discuss the voluntary plan and everything that employers operating in Washington need to know about the new law.
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