Washington State’s new paid family and medical leave.

by Johnnie Hawkins, CPA
Parker Mooers & Cena, Silverdale

Starting in 2020, Washington will be the fifth state in the nation to offer paid family and medical leave benefits. This benefit offers partially paid leave to care for yourself or a loved one in times of serious illness or injury, to bond with a new child joining your home through birth, adoption or foster placement, and for certain military-connected events if you have a family member in active duty service.  This isn’t like paid sick leave; you will file your claim with the Employment Security Department (ESD), and your payment will come from ESD. Typically, you’ll have access to up to 12 weeks of paid leave.

Premium collection starts on Jan 1, 2019. In 2019, the premium is 0.4% of wages, or $3.85 per week for someone making $50,000 a year. Employers can either pay the full premium or opt to withhold a portion of the premium from their employees. Employers who choose to withhold premiums from their employees may withhold up to 63 percent of the total premium, or $2.44 per week for an employee making $50,000 annually. The employer is responsible for paying the other 37 percent. Businesses with fewer than 50 employees are exempt from the employer portion of the premium but must still collect or opt to pay the employee portion of the premium.

You can learn more about the program at www.paidleave.wa.gov/employers or contact us with questions at 360-692-8808.


Johnnie Hawkins is a University of Washington graduate, where he majored in accounting and minored in applied computing. He began his career in public accounting in 2005, while still attending the University of Washington. After graduating in the top ten percent of his class in 2006, he began his career in public accounting full time and earned his CPA designation. Johnnie is a highly skilled accountant who often receives great reviews from his clients. He is skilled in individual, business, estate, trust, nonprofit and gift tax planning and preparation. Johnnie also specializes in accounting services for small to medium sized businesses and has a lot of experience working with not-for-profit entities as well. He provides a full spectrum of services from payroll through financial statement preparation and analysis. Johnnie is a current member and past scholarship recipient of the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants, a member of the Silverdale Rotary Club, a certified QuickBooks Pro-Advisor, and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Washington.

Johnnie L Hawkins, CPA
Parker Mooers & Cena, PS
Certified Public Accountants
9222 Bay Shore Dr NW, Suite 150
Silverdale, WA 98383
Phone: (360) 692-8808 Fax: (360) 692-3620
Email: johnnie@pmccpas.com
Website: http://www.olympictaxpros.com

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