ESSB 5097 would expand the family leave mandate and payroll tax, end a promised exemption for small businesses


August 5, 2021

By Elizabeth Hovde

Senate Bill 50971 would expand coverage in the state’s Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program enacted in 2017. It would do so by changing the definition of family and requiring a shorter time-period of employment before eligibility is met for certain program benefits. It also removes a job-restoration exemption for small businesses.

In 2017, the Legislature imposed...

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