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WA State Nonprofits Must Prepare for New Paid Family & Medical Leave Laws Starting in 2019

Posted Oct 11, 2018 10:20 AM
Washington will be the fifth state to require employers to provide paid family and medical leave (PFML) benefits starting in 2020. These benefits are crucial for anyone who is recovering from a serious illness or injury, or has a close relative who is.

While these new benefits don’t take effect until 2020, employers across the state – including nonprofit organizations – must begin to plan for these changes and take action in 2019. Here are three key dates to keep in mind:

  1. January 1, 2019 – Employers must start withholding PFML premiums from employee paychecks
  2. April 1, 2019 – Employers must begin to report wages, hours, and additional information to the Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) quarterly
  3. January 1, 2020 – Eligible workers start to receive PFML benefits

The ESD teamed up with 501 Commons to present a webinar on Oct. 10 that explains these changes and how nonprofits should prepare for implementation immediately. Watch the entire recorded presentation below:

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