The Washington Employment Security Department (ESD) continues to tinker with the state’s Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) rules, finalizing more changes on October 2, 2020. These latest rules mainly relate to legislative changes passed this year in SHB 2614 and minor tweaks to a handful of definitions. The revised rules are posted on ESD’s current rulemaking webpage (scroll down to the “Legislative changes” and “Placement” sections and click on the links following “Adopted rules.”)
ESD added rules on the process for employees to file complaints against their employers, investigation of those complaints, and potential damages if ESD finds employer violations. New rules were also added to define child “placement” for adoption or foster care, and explain how ESD will determine the premium rate for each calendar year. None of these rule changes impact employer policies or practices.