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Full speed ahead for paid family leave in Washington

With just over a year to go, Washington’s innovative Family Leave Insurance program passed another milestone early this month.

The state’s Information Services Board (ISB) recently approved the design of a computer system that will deliver checks to new parents who take time off work as part of the state’s paid family leave program.

Speaking at the ISB meeting, Karen Lee, Commissioner of the Employment Security Department (which is charged with administering the program), reiterated her department’s commitment to having benefits ready for parents on time.

Agency staff, and legislators are keeping the ground-breaking program on track to deliver the twin benefits of healthier families and more productive workplaces in October 2009.

More on the current status of Family Leave Insurance here.

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