Jul 3, 201703:28 PMBlog
Some chambers OK family leave law
Following adoption of a new state law by the Legislature last week covering paid family leave for all employers in Washington, a number of chambers of commerce issued an endorsement. But only one local business group in South Sound is on that list.
Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce joined 13 other community business advocates and Association of Washington Business in announcing their approval of the negotiated provisions that will have employees and their bosses contributing funding to support the new benefit.
“This legislation is a victory for families, businesses, and the economic vitality of our state,” said Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Maud Daudon. “Thanks to the collaborative efforts of legislators in both parties and stakeholders across the state, we have ended up with a solution that strengthens working families and balances the needs of small businesses and other employers.”
The new employer mandate also includes special protections for small employers and a uniform statewide policy. Beginning in 2019, employees will be able to take time off with pay to care for their family members, including the birth or adoption of a child, to care for ill family members or to recover from a disability.