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Washington rolls out best paid leave program in the nation

January 3, 2020

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The nation’s newest — and most generous — Paid Family and Medical Leave program went into effect this week, ushering in significant change to how Washington workers can care for themselves and their loved ones while bringing home a paycheck.

“What a great way to start 2020,” Gov. Jay Inslee said. “This program is a life-changer for our workers who often feel torn about being there for their families, being there for their jobs and taking care of themselves. I’m proud of Washington’s progress today as we roll out a program that will change lives.”

Workers can now file a leave application through the Employment Security Department website, with workers receiving benefits starting Jan. 1, 2020.

Read the rest of the story on the governor's Medium page.

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