From the Seattle Times.

Maia Knox, 29, a policy analyst with the city of Sammamish who lives in Issaquah, is surrounded in the region’s labor market by tech workers with gold-plated benefit plans that have long included paid family leave.

But now, with that benefit coming to employees across the state in a little over a year, Knox and her wife are optimistic it will help them afford time off work to bond with the child they’re planning to have while supporting their careers in municipal government.

“You kind of feel like you’re behind, and it’s just nice to feel like we’re catching up,” Knox said of the new benefit.

With the cost of infant day care in King County averaging as much as $1,499 a month and with no family in the area to help, Knox and her wife were confronting the reality of balancing parenthood and careers.

“It’s really going to be us on our own trying to figure out how to take care of our child and pay for it,” Knox said.

They’ve decided to delay having a child until the new state benefit begins in 2020.

“I feel really grateful to be able to take advantage of this, and it’s coming at a time that makes sense for my family,” Knox said.

Read the full article here.

Washington Work and Family Coalition

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