How is the program funded?

Washington's Paid Family and Medical Leave Program is organized as an insurance program with the cost of premiums split between employers and employees. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2019, employers will either collect Paid Family and Medical Leave premiums from employee paychecks or choose to cover their employee's share of the premium on their behalf. The initial premium will be .4% and can be adjusted annually after 2020 by ESD, according to rules in statute.

Read more on calculating and paying premiums.