Paid Family and Medical Leave
Passed in 2017 after an almost 20-year fight led by EOI and allies, Washington’s Paid Family and Medical Leave program offers much needed protections to workers needing time off to care for themselves or their families. Since its passage, EOI has worked with the staff of the new Paid Family and Medical Leave office to develop the program which will go into effect on January 1, 2020.
Workers will soon be able to take up to 12 weeks paid leave to care for a newborn or newly placed adopted or foster child, a serious health condition, a family member’s serious health condition, or a family member’s military deployment – with up to 18 weeks available in a year, depending on circumstances.
Taking time off to care for oneself or one’s loved ones without fearing a loss of wages or employment shouldn’t be a privilege. Soon, in Washington, it won’t be.