The Washington Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML) has been live for a couple of years now. There are some changes in 2022, with the financials of the program.

Washington Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML) benefits

What is the Update?

Currently, the contribution rate is 0.4% (capped at $142,000) 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 will increase 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%.   

Maximum Weekly Benefit: Will increase from $1,206 to $1,327. 

Handbook/Policy Updates

Updates to your company handbook may need to be made if you include Washington state-specific benefits information. 

Notice Requirements

The Employment Security Department (ESD) has released the updated mandatory employer poster and paycheck insert for 2022. The paycheck insert is optional.

Larkin Action

The Larkin Company will be updating leave packets to include 2022 updates.  

Ensure you are offsetting any salary continuation/company top-up pay aligned with the new benefit rate maximum, where applicable.  The Larkin Company will adjust offsets for any top-up (leave of absence pay) calculations or STD, accordingly, if we handle these services for you.   

*Reminder: claims that start in 2021 will be awarded 2021 benefit rates. Claims that begin on or after January 1, 2022, will be eligible for the new benefit rate. 

Further Company Considerations 


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Updated: 12/10/21