Katherine Richard

Washington Passed Paid Family Leave In 2007, Still Hasn't Enacted It

Lawmakers in Washington State have been procrastinating for nearly a decade on the state’s family leave bill. Joining California in 2007, Washington became the second state to pass a paid family leave law that would provide parents with $250 in weekly benefits for up to five weeks in the event of childbirth or adoption. Implementation of the law was projected to occur in October 2009, but was postponed until October 2012 and then again until October 2015 due to budgetary constraints. This past legislative session, the law was yet again stymied with House Bill 2044, which was signed into law this month and says that benefits will only become available once the legislature appropriates specific funding and sets a new implementation date. So for now, paid family leave is a long way off for Washington State citizens.

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