WRA preparing a helpful calculator
By Tammie Hetrick, Chief Operating Officer
Businesses in Washington State must begin making paid family and medical leave deductions from employee paychecks beginning this month.
Washington Retail is developing a calculator to ensure that deductions are accomplished accurately. We will announce the link to use the calculator as soon as it is ready. If you have questions or need immediate help, contact me at 360-200-6452 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the meantime, Employment Security has organized a tool kit that explains employer responsibilities in preparation for January 1 of next year, when employees will become eligible for benefits under the program. Please find the toolkit at https://paidleave.wa.gov/files/Documents/2018.Employer.Toolkit.V1.1.pdf
ESD’s calculator does not address a facet of the program involving exemptions of deductions for salaries higher than a certain level. Once an employee reaches $132,900 in wages for the year, there are no further deductions taken from their paycheck. Our calculator will include a note about the income cap for the sake of clarity.