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June 09, 2009
Washington's Paid Family Leave Law Delayed 3 Years

The state of Washington's paid family leave law will go into effect in 3 years instead of this year. Washington Governor Chris Gregoire signed legislation (SB 6158) pushing back the implementation date of the program from October 1, 2009 to October 1, 2012.

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Under the program, employees will receive up to 5 weeks of family leave insurance benefits. The maximum weekly benefit will be $250 per week.

The program was officially suspended because of a budget shortfall in state government, and SB 6158 delays implementation of the program until October 1, 2012.

Only two other states have paid family leave programs: California and New Jersey. In New Jersey, workers will be able to start collecting family leave benefits on July 1, 2009.

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