Washington Becomes 5th State to Guarantee Paid Family Leave

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Photo: Rachel La Corte, AP Republican Senator Joe Fain, holding his son Moxon, speaks at a rally before Governor Jay Inslee signed a paid family leave measure into law, on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, in Olympia, Washington. Fain was a sponsor of the bipartisan measure that passed the Legislature.

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.” …

SF Chronicle 7/5

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