Washington

Below you will find any recent or upcoming changes to the family and medical leave and/or leave income replacement benefit law(s) within this state.

Last Updated: 10/25/2023

Washington Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML) benefits

What is the Update?

Washington Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML) benefits

(Update 6/28/23, effective 01/01/24): Washington has announced an increase in the state average annual wage, as well as maximum paid leave benefit amounts. The maximum weekly PFML benefit an employee can receive in 2024 is $1,456 (the maximum weekly benefit in 2023 was $1,427). This benefit rate is applicable for all claims on or after January 1, 2024. Additionally, the ESD (Employment Security Department) has not released the 2024 WA PFML employee poster which must be displayed within your WA workplace at this time. Please see the “Notice Requirements” section below for more information.

(Update 10/25/23, effective 01/01/24): The contribution rate is 0.74% (capped at $168,600) in 2024 with employers (with 50 or more employees in the U.S.) contributing 28.57%, and employees contributing the other 71.43%.

Handbook/Policy Updates

N/A

Notice Requirements

We recommend that you replace your current WA PFML poster with the new 2024 poster that must be displayed in your workplace which can be found here.

Larkin Action

The Larkin Company will consider any law changes carefully, and update our internal resources and processes, as well as our employee leave information packets, if necessary.

Further Company Considerations

Please ensure as a company you are offsetting any salary continuation/company top-up pay aligned with the updated weekly benefit rate maximum, effective 2024. Note: claims that begin after this date are eligible for the new benefit rate. 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.

Please also be sure to adjust your contributions in line with the updates, effective January 1, 2024.

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