The contribution rate was 0.4% (capped at $142,000) in 2021 with employers (with 50 or more employees in the U.S.) contributing 36.67% and employees contributing 63.33%.
Starting January 1st, 2022, the contribution rate increased to 0.6% (up to the 2022 Social Security Cap of $147,000). Of that 0.6%, employers (with 50 or more employees in the U.S) will pay up to 26.78% and employees will pay 73.22%.
The Maximum Weekly Benefit increased from $1,206 to $1,327.
Washington PFML has made some updates to the law mid-year.
As a reminder, there is a waiting week for medical leaves. There is also a waiting week for family care leave (which is one leave type that falls under the PFML “family leave” type). The two other forms of “family leave” i.e., parental, and military exigency, do not have a waiting week. Effective June 9, 2022, the waiting week in WA does not apply to medical leave taken “upon the birth of a child”. It will continue to apply to other medical leaves and family care leaves.
A general update was also made to the PFML waiting week effective June 9, 2022. The waiting week will no longer count towards an employee’s overall balance of leave. Additionally, a new leave type has been added for child loss. Family leave may also include leave for the loss of a newborn or newly adopted child (within 7 days of child’s death).