Overview: The Washington Employment Security Department has now announced that the Paid Family and Medical Leave Program reporting deadline for the first quarter (April 30) will be pushed back to July 31, 2019. Employers will now report and remit premiums for quarters one and two between July 1 and July 31, 2019.
Effective Date: July 1 to July 31, 2019
As previously reported, on July 5, 2017, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee signed into law Substitute Senate Bill 5975 (S5975) which creates the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program effective January 1, 2020.
In December of 2018, the Washington Employment Security Department (ESD) launched a new website to provide guidance to employers, workers, and healthcare providers on the new paid family and medical leave program. The website includes frequently asked questions (FAQs) for employers and workers, links to an employer webinar, and a premium calculator.
In this guidance it was stated:
In April 2019, employers will submit employee hours, wages and more for the first time. The process is currently in development and we plan to make it like reporting for Unemployment Insurance. However, it will be a separate report from Unemployment Insurance and other state programs. We expect most employers will submit reports online through our customer account management system. Bulk filing and alternative reporting options will both be available.
The ESD has now announced that the Paid Family and Medical Leave Program reporting deadline for the first quarter (April 30) will be pushed back to July 31, 2019. Employers will now report and remit premiums for quarters one and two between July 1 and July 31, 2019. Please note this deadline change only applies to Paid Family and Medical Leave for 2019. Employers will file two separate reports—one for each quarter. ESD notes that the new deadline applies only to Paid Family and Medical Leave and unemployment insurance deadlines are unaffected. Penalties and interest will not be assessed for first quarter premiums submitted by July 31.
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