Reprinted from The San Francisco Chronicle by Rachel La Corte on July 5, 2017.
Washington state is now among just a handful of states that guarantee paid family leave, following Governor Jay Inslee‘s signing Wednesday of a bipartisan plan approved by the Legislature.
The measure offers eligible workers 12 weeks paid time off for the birth or adoption of a child or for the serious medical condition of the worker or the worker’s family member beginning in 2020, or 16 weeks for a combination of both. An additional two weeks may be used if there is a serious health condition with a pregnancy.
Absent a national policy, Governor Jay Inslee said, states “must lead this common sense policy.” …