Washington Legislature passes paid family leave measure

Governor Inslee will sign the state's historic paid family leave law. The legislature finalized the plan Friday which will give all Washington workers the chance to take as much as 16 weeks of leave and get part of their salary.

The Washington Legislature has approved a paid family leave program that offers workers paid time off for the birth or adoption of a child or the serious medical condition of the worker or the worker's family member.
The measure passed the House on a 65-29 vote Friday shortly after the Senate passed it on a 37-12 vote. 
The bill, which was a compromise reached between Republicans and Democrats after weeks of negotiation, offers eligible workers 12 weeks of either leave 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.
Under the measure, both employers and employees pay into the system, and weekly benefits are calculated based on a percentage of the employee's wages and the state's weekly average wage.

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