Washington Paid Family & Medical Leave (WA PFML)

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Washington Paid Family & Medical Leave (WA PFML)

Washington Paid Family & Medical Leave (WA PFML)

The Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave (WA PFML) program started paying benefits in January 2020. Wage replacement benefits are payable to WA workers for medical leave (ML) if they are unable to work due to non-work-related injury or illness, including pregnancy and childbirth, or for paid family leave (PFL), if they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member, to bond with a new child, and to address a military exigency.

Coverage Options: Employers can participate in the state-run program or self-insure the PFL or PML coverages with a voluntary plan. MetLife provides administrative services for employers who have state approved voluntary plans.

Job Protection: The WA PFML coverage is job protected. When applicable, a worker should request leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) concurrently.


  • $1206 maximum per week
  • 12 weeks of paid leave to care for oneself or a family member
  • 16 weeks total for both family and medical events in a year
  • Up to 18 weeks combined medical and family (child bonding) for complications due to pregnancy


  • In 2021, the contribution rate is 0.40% of an employee's wage up to $142,800 with a maximum contribution of $571.20 a year
  • Paid Family Leave can be 100% employee paid (payroll deducted) and Paid Medical Leave can be split between the employee (payroll deducted) up to 45% and the employer contributing the rest (55%)

As of January 1, 2021

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The information presented on this website is not legal advice and should not be relied upon or construed as legal advice. It is not permissible for MetLife or its employees or agents to give legal advice. The information on this website is for general informational purposes only and does not purport to be complete or to cover every situation. You must consult with your own legal advisors to determine how the specific state’s Paid Family and Medical/Disability Leave law(s) will affect you.