• Notice for requesting leave

    Employees must provide at least 30-day notice to Human Resources before the leave begins for a foreseeable event such as the birth or placement of a child or a planned surgery. If the need for leave is unforeseeable, like an accident or sudden illness, employees must provide notice as soon as practical.

     

    PFML eligibility and benefits

    The Paid Family and Medical Leave program is a mandatory statewide insurance program that provides paid family and medical leave to eligible employees. The program is administered by the Employment Security Department (ESD). Washington’s Paid Family and Medical Leave program does not replace the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In many cases, PFML and FMLA will run at the same time.

    Employee benefits

    Beginning January 1, 2020, family and medical leave is available and benefits are payable to qualified employees. The weekly PFML benefit amount is calculated by ESD and is generally up to 90% of weekly wages, with a minimum of $100 per week and a maximum of $1,000 per week. ESD provides a benefits calculator on their website to estimate the amount.

    Qualifying events

    Family leave
    • Leave to bond with the employee’s child during the first twelve months after the child’s birth, or the first twelve months after the placement of a child under the age of eighteen with the employee;
    • Leave to participate in providing care, including physical or psychological care, for a family member due to the family member’s serious health condition; or
    • Leave because of qualifying military exigency as permitted under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.
    Medical leave
    • Medical leave is any leave taken by an employee from work due to the employee’s own serious health condition. Serious health condition means an illness, injury, impairment, or physical or mental condition that involves inpatient care in a hospital, hospice, or residential medical care facility, including any period of incapacity; or
      • Continuing treatment by a health care provider for:
        • An illness or injury that incapacitated you for three or more consecutive days.
        • A chronic serious health condition (like diabetes or epilepsy).
        • Incapacity during pregnancy or for prenatal care.
        • Treatment for substance abuse.
        • Any period of absence from work to receive treatments and recover, like for radiation, chemotherapy or dialysis.

     

     

     

  • PFML