Summary of Statutory Disability & Paid Family Leave Plans

Statutory Disability & Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefits are required to be provided by employers or the State to employees working in the below states. Disability benefits provide short term wage replacement to employees to recover from their own medical condition. PFL is paid time away from work to bond with a new child, take care of a sick family member, or have a qualifying military exigency.

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Washington State

Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave (WAPFML)
Employment Security Department (ESD)
(360) 902-9500


2020 – Paid Family and Medical Leave Program
State administers claims.

Voluntary Plans are allowed. Employers can offer a voluntary plan for either Paid Family Leave (PFL) or Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML) separately or both.
Employees receive a benefit of up to 90%* of their average weekly wage

*Sliding scale used based on percentage of earnings compared to state average weekly wage

2021 Maximum Weekly Benefit is $1,206
Medical or Family Leave
Maximum duration is 12 Weeks in a benefit year

Additional 2 week allowed for pregnancy related complications.*
Combined Leaves
Up to 16 weeks for family & medical leave in the same benefit year. Allows maximum 18 weeks if leave results from pregnancy complications.*

*based on medical certification
ELIGIBILITYEmployee is eligible after working at least 820 hours during the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters or the last 4 completed calendar quarters starting from the day the employee takes the leave.
WAITING PERIOD“Waiting week” is up to seven (7) days. Waiting week begins Sunday and ends the following Saturday and may be less than a full week.

Ex. If medical leave starts Friday then “waiting week” is met on Saturday, and claim starts Sunday

No waiting period required for leave for the birth or placement of a child.
Employer* must contribute 37% of the total premium

*Employers with fewer than 50 employees are not required to pay the employer portion of premium.

Reporting requirements to the State: Due quarterly
Contribution Rate: 0.4% up to Social Security Maximum

Employees must contribute up to 63% of the total premium

Maximum Annual Employee Contribution: $361.74

* Program provisions currently under development

Upcoming Statutory State Program:

• Employee Deductions begin January 1, 2022
• Benefits begin January 1, 2023 *HB 3398 pending to delay implementation requirements for PFML program one year

• Employee Deductions begin January 1, 2023
• Benefits begin January 1, 2024

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