November 6, 2018

Get ready for Paid Family and Medical Leave program with employer toolkit

By: Bobbi Cussins   Comments: 0
The first phase of the statewide Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program begins Jan. 1. That's when the state will begin collecting premiums from employers and employees to be used when the program goes into full effect Jan. 1, 2020.

The PFML program will allow employees to take paid leave beginning in 2020 for the birth or adoption of a child or to care for themselves or a family member for medical reasons.

But, what do employers in the PFML program need to know today? How do they prepare for the first phase in January right now?

The state Employment Security Department (ESD), the agency overseeing the new leave program, has created a detailed employer toolkit to help answer those questions and more and it's now available online.

The PFML toolkit includes details on the collection of premiums, reporting requirements and sample communications to employees to explain that the program is coming and what it means for them.

ESD also created a handy infographic to explain the new leave program visually. It can be downloaded in English or Spanish. And, the agency is hosting a series of webinars to support employers and employees in understanding the program and what comes next.

AWB and Shannon Lawless, attorney with Ryan Swanson Law, are hosting an PFML overview webinar Nov. 15. Registration is now open.

For detailed questions and more information on PFML, contact AWB Government Affairs Director Bob Battles at 360.943.1600.

Watch AWB's PFML overview video for a brief explainer on the program and premiums.