- Rajiv Bhatia, Director at the Occupational and Environmental Health Department of Public Health
- Sandra Poole, Deputy Director of the California Employment Development Department Disability Insurance Branch
The FIRST Act (full text) authorizes $1.5 billion in grant funding to states to seed new programs or to bolster existing paid leave programs. Washington State would be one of the first states to benefit should the bill pass.
The Family Leave Insurance Act of 2009 (full text) would provide 12 weeks of paid benefits to workers who need time off to care for a new child, ill family member, service member returning from combat, or their own illness. The program covers all employees who have paid into the fund and worked for their current employer for 6 months.
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January 10, 2019
We look forward to the legal review of the Court of Appeals and ultimately the State Supreme Court
January 8, 2019
Cascade Care ensures that Washingtonians pay no more than 10% of their income on health premiums
January 2, 2019
Paid family and medical leave is about to get real in Washington!