Communities across Washington will get a boost to health and economic well-being in January 2018 when the new paid sick and safe leave law goes into effect. Employees who previously had to go to work with the flu or when a child is sick will be able to ta... read more
Washington State has begun implementing new standards to help workers stay healthy and protect their loved ones. These new laws are the result of the activism and collaboration of many individuals, community groups, labor unions, advocacy organizations, b... read more
In this era of hyper-partisanship, how did we pass a major new program? There was no secret formula.
by Economic Opportunity Institute Policy Director Marilyn Watkins Late in the evening on June 30, 2017, the Washington State Legislature adopted one of the nation’s most comprehensive paid family and medical leave (PFML) policies. The vote was strongly ... read more
Washington’s paid family and medical leave program will work like insurance. Workers and their employers have begun paying a small premium with each paycheck. Beginning January 1, 2020, workers will receive a benefit from the state when they need family... read more
The new law passed June 30, 2017 offers protections for people who need leave to take care of themselves or loved ones.
Late on June 30, as lawmakers in Olympia rushed to finish their work in time for the end of a third special session, the House and Senate passed paid family and medical leave. All that’s left is a signature from the governor, and with it Washington ... read more
Beginning this weekend, legislators across the state are coming home for town halls with their constituents. This is a unique opportunity for you to meet with your representatives and ask them questions face-to-face about where they stand on important iss... read more
By Marilyn Watkins, Policy Director, Economic Opportunity Institute Women and families in the U.S. are facing so many challenges these days, it’s hard to know how to focus our energy. Women who have worked hard, paid taxes, and raised families in this c... read more
For the first time in 10 years, a paid family and medical leave plan is ready for a vote in the full state House. After clearing the House Appropriations Committee on Thursday, House Bill 1116, sponsored by Rep. June Robinson, is ready for a vote on the f... read more