The Washington Employment Security Department (ESD) just released new resources to help your employees apply for Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) benefits starting on January 1, 2020. The downloadable tools are available here, and include a Parent’s Guide (how to apply for bonding leave), a Patient and Family Guide (how to apply for leave related to personal or family medical reasons), a sample notification to the employer, and an eligibility questionnaire. Employers are still waiting for two important resources: the mandatory poster and the notice to employees. They haven’t been released yet, but we will announce their availability in this newsletter when they’re published.
Tips: Even though PFML will be approved and administered by ESD, your employees will probably come to you first with questions about taking leave. When this happens, direct them to the website above to review the resources provided by ESD, including eligibility, timing, and medical documents needed. Also, be prepared to discuss your expectations regarding PFML, including timely notice and providing copies of the leave approval from ESD. For more information on the employer’s responsibilities on January 1, 2020, as well as what you should be doing now to prepare, consult the PFML webinar and FAQs and talk with your Vigilant employment attorney. Also check out our Model Policy, Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave.
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