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
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
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
Washington’s paid family and medical leave program works like insurance. Workers and their employers have begun paying a small premium with each paycheck. Workers receive a benefit from the state when they need family leave or extended medical leave.
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