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Baby Due November 2019

Christy Motebed
June 28, 2019, 2:38 PM

Hello! My baby is due in early November 2019 and I am planning to start a 3 month leave at that point. As my maternity leave will extend into 2020, would any of my planned 3 month leave be eligible for paid benefits under the WA Paid Family Medical Leave Act, assuming myself and my employer have met the qualifying criteria (i.e. i've worked the required number of hours and my empolyer has paid into the program since the beginning of 2019)? Thanks very much!

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Deanna DeLong 11 months ago

Good afternoon Christy,
Provided that you meet the required 820 hours in the qualifying period. You would have 12 months from the date of your child's birth to use the benefit. The 12-month timeline applies to both you and the baby's father. If you both participate in the PFML program, and intend to file separate claims then you will each get 12 weeks of bonding time. As long as you meet the requirements, you have until your baby's first birthday to use the 12 bonding time for your newborn baby.


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