Families wait weeks for checks during rocky roll-out of Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave

Families wait weeks for checks during rocky roll-out of Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave
Stephanie Anderson had all her documents ready when Washington’s Paid and Medical Leave program launched in January 2020. She wasn’t alone. Thousands of others applied, leading to delays in processing applications. (Katie McDowell/KIRO 7)

It was a program years in the making: Washington's Paid Family and Medical Leave program, or PFML, which launched January 1. But the program has been overwhelmed by demand, logging thousands more applicants than experts were expecting.

For those who can't wait, applicants can request expedited review if they can prove a hardship. Find more information on that here.

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