Countdown to Conception

How to Get the Most Buck for Your Bang with Paid Leave

Hello happy couples! Are you considering having a baby? Well when a man and a woman love each other very much … they wait for PAID family and medical leave.

In 2020, Washington workers will be able to take time off work to care for their new child, while receiving financial benefits.

But if your baby comes out in 2019, you’ll have to take UNPAID leave until the new year. So you might want to skip the Valentine’s Day nookie.

(If you’re part of a couple thinking about having a baby through adoption or in vitro, that’s probably going to take longer, so you’re safe.)

When benefits start in 2020, parents can take at least 12 weeks of paid leave when a baby is born. The benefits are also progressive: low-income people receive 90 percent of their normal pay, while higher-income people receive lower percentages, with a maximum of $1,000 per week.

It’s a statewide benefit program that most workers pay into and also benefit from – like Social Security for loin fruit.

If you’re going by the standard 9-month pregnancy, April 1 is the perfect date. But like snowflakes, every uterus is different. So we made this super-scientific quiz to find out the best day for you to get it on so your baby comes in the new year.

(For more information, be sure to check out the links at the bottom of the page, too.)

For a comic explaining more about how paid family and medical leave works, click here.
For all the legalese details, click here.
For the state website, click here.
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