“Washington rolls out best paid leave program in the nation“
- From the Office of the Governor:
“The nation’s newest — and most generous — Paid Family and Medical Leave Program went into effect this week, ushering in significant change to how Washington workers can care for themselves and their loved ones while bringing home a paycheck.
“‘What a great way to start 2020,’ Gov. Jay Inslee said. ‘This program is a life-changer for our workers who often feel torn about being there for their families, being there for their jobs and taking care of themselves. I’m proud of Washington’s progress today as we roll out a program that will change lives.'”
“Nearly everyone working in this state, both part- and full-time, now has access to up to 12 weeks a year to care for themselves or a family member through a serious illness or injury, to bond with a new child coming into the home, and for certain service-connected events for military families. In some circumstances, workers may also request up to 16–18 weeks of paid family and medical leave.