The Washington Employment Security Department (ESD) announced Wednesday that beginning January 1, 2024, Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) premium rates will decrease from 0.8% to 0.74%. Employers will pay 28.57% of the total premium, while employees will pay 71.43%. Unless they choose to do so, employers with fewer than 50 employees are not required to pay the employer portion of the premium. Collection of the new premium amounts will begin on January 1, 2024, and first-quarter premiums are due by April 30, 2024.
ESD has published a paycheck insert for employers’ use in notifying employees of the change. Additionally, a new mandatory poster has been released. Spanish versions of both the paycheck insert and poster, as well as additional information regarding PFML, can be found here. Employers can expect to receive additional notice of this change from ESD next month and updates to the ESD website by the end of 2023.
Employers may contact Member Care at 509-777-2727 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions regarding PFML or other employee concerns.