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Preparing for Paid Family Leave & Medical Leave in Washington

Thursday, November 15
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Washington’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Act has been in the works for years. Despite sparse media coverage, this law may be the single most important piece of legislation that will affect almost every business owner beginning on January 1, 2019. Yet with the law set to take effect, its details remain vague for many Washington State employers and employees who will be required to pay for it.

In this presentation, you’ll learn the key requirements of Washington’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Act. Employers will identify what they need to do now to prepare for the premium deductions that start January 1 of next year, as well as the pros and cons of participating in the State’s plan versus applying to offer a State-approved, self-insured plan. Shannon will also provide advice on how to educate your employees, and will break down the steps and timeline for ensuring your HR, payroll and accounting will be ready for and compliant with the new law.

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Presented By:

Shannon Lawless

Attorney, Ryan Swanson Law


Shannon Lawless is an attorney with Ryan Swanson Law whose practice focuses on representing employers. She strategizes with business owners and human resources professionals on how to draft policies and handle employment issues such as hiring, workplace complaints, employee leaves, and terminations in a way that follows the law and also meets business needs. When disputes arise, Shannon represents employers in resolving them, whether inside or outside the courtroom.

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