Chief Operating Officer Tammie Hetrick met again this week with the Paid Family Leave Advisory Committee to help shape rules for the upcoming new statewide benefit.
The current rulemaking process is important in determining how the program will be administered for employees by their employers.
Deductions for the leave program will begin in January so that claims can be entertained starting in January of 2020. Hetrick explained that WRA’s participation in rulemaking is meant to ensure the integrity of the benefit claims and payments.
“We’re very engaged in all of the rulemaking,” she said. “We want to make sure that it’s a fair system and to make sure that benefits are paid out fairly.”
Employment Security is establishing rules in a phased process. Click here for more information on the next scheduled listening session for public input the morning of Oct. 15 at ESD offices in Lacey.
Hetrick, with 30 years experience in workers’ compensation dealing with medical disability claims, is a member of the advisory committee. She also was instrumental on working on bipartisan legislation that led to creation of the new employee benefit on a statewide basis.