Washington is gearing up to collect new taxes to fund the paid family and medical leave program approved last year by the state Legislature.
Though benefits won’t begin until 2020, the state will start collection on both employees and employers starting on Jan. 1, 2019. That’s coming up fast, so we’ve been urging our AGC members to stay informed on how this program works and what they can expect as implementation rolls on.
You can find a good deal of information online through the Employment Security Department, which has added to its website a number of pages describing the insurance program in more detail.
The plan does come with new tax and reporting requirements for employers. Here are a few basic items you should know:
Again, that’s just a basic list of what you can expect to see from this program. There are different stipulations depending on the size of a business and other factors, so you’ll want to check the ESD website (and maybe this handy infographic) to see how things will fall to you. Employees should also get caught up on the plan to learn about their benefits and the requirements that apply to them.