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Update Applicable to:

All covered employers and multi-state businesses with at least 1 worker in Washington state.

What happened?

Washington Paid Family & Medical Leave released an update on the premiums collected from employees and employers to fund the Paid Leave program. The new premium rate will begin on January 1, 2024.

What are the details?

For all covered employers and multi-state businesses (see exceptions), the good news is that for 2024 the total premium rate will decrease to 0.74%.

Employers will pay 28.57% of the total premium and employees will pay 71.43%.

Businesses classified by the Employment Security Department as having fewer than 50 employees for the 2024 calendar year are not required to pay the employer portion of the premium, but they must still collect the employee premium or pay employees’ premiums on their behalf.

The Washington Paid Family & Medical Leave page will soon deliver more updates, such as an updated premium estimator, premium rate calculations and more reporting information, as well as notifications via letters to employers.

Best practices

  • Review and update the necessary posters, paycheck insert and employer toolkit. Available resources can be found here.
  • Consider a communication plan regarding the new premium and posters for your managers, leaders, and employees.
  • Consult with a labor attorney for further guidance if needed.

Employers should review additional resources here:

WA PFML Help Center Forms 2024

WA PFML Update 2024

WA PFML FAQs

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