Paid Medical and Family Leave Bill Passed in Washington

The state’s new law will provide eligible workers 12 weeks of paid time off for the birth of a child or to care for family members with serious medical conditions.


Last Wednesday, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill that will provide paid time off for workers on medical or family leave beginning in 2020, including a family member’s serious health condition, the worker’s own serious health condition, a child’s birth or placement of a child, or a military exigency.

The new law will offer workers 12 weeks of paid family leave. In 2020, the law will require benefits be paid up to 50 percent of the individual’s salary, capped at 50 percent of the state average weekly wage. The benefits will increase each year until 2023, ultimately reaching 67 percent of the individual’s salary, capped at 67 percent of the state’s average weekly wage.

Next week, look to Anthem for an article that interprets the nuances of the new law, and addresses your questions on implementation and how the law will impact Washington credit unions.