Washington paid family and medical leave

Key features

Coverage options

State plan, self-insured or fully insured private plan

Funding

  • 0.4% of employee wages up to the Social Security cap
  • Employers with less than 50 employees: employees contribute up to 100%
  • Employers with 50 or more employees: employees contribute up to 63⅓%

Elimination period

7 days (0 days for birth or adoption of a child)

Benefit

Employee’s average weekly wage is less than 50% of state’s average weekly wage ($1,255 in 2020):

  • 90% of average weekly wage

Employee’s average weekly wage is greater than 50% of state’s average weekly wage:

  • 90% of average weekly wage up to 50% of state average weekly wage, plus
  • 50% of average weekly wage over 50% of state average weekly wage
  • Maximum benefit

    $1,206 per week (in 2021)

    Benefit duration

    • 12 weeks for family or medical leave
    • 16 weeks for family and medical leave combined

    Principal doesn’t offer a private plan solution for employers wanting to opt out of the state plan.

    Get more information from the State of Washington.

    This summary is provided for general information purposes only. This information was derived from public sources and may be subject to change. For details, contact the Washington Employment Security Department.

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