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The Washington Employment Security Department (ESD) has given Washington employers a break on the initial deadlines related to its Paid Family and Medical Leave program (PFML). Instead of an April 30, 2019 deadline, covered employers now have until July 31, 2019 to submit reports and premiums for Q1.

PFML Premiums

Employers were able to begin collecting PFML premiums as employee payroll deductions on January 1, 2019. The deadline to submit premiums to the state for the first quarter, January through March, has been extended by three months and now must be submitted between July 1 and July 31, 2019. Premiums for the second quarter, April through June, are also due by July 31, 2019. Employers will not be assessed any penalties or interest for Q1 PFML premiums submitted by July 31.

Reporting Requirements

Employers must submit quarterly reports to ESD that include employee hours, wages, and other identifying information. The Q1 report deadline also has been pushed back to July 31, 2019. Employers may begin submitting their reports, for both Q1 and Q2, on July 1, through the employer’s Paid Family and Medical Leave customer account through SecureAccessWashington (SAW). Most employers will be able to file their reports using a CSV file. The ESD established a test process to allow employers to upload a test CSV file (containing artificial data). If the file uploads properly, the employer will receive instant validation. More information about Washington’s PFML reporting requirements may be found on the ESD’s website.

The Washington PFML rules and procedures continue to evolve, so please stay tuned for further updates.

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