Knowing there’s money set aside for care in the future gives your employees peace of mind today. The WA Cares Fund makes affordable long-term care coverage available to all Washington workers.
Workers earn WA Cares benefits by contributing premiums from each paycheck. Employers remit these premiums to the Employment Security Department.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2022, you’ll collect premiums from your employees the same way you do now for Paid Leave. Employers won’t pay any share of these contributions for their employees.
Some employees may choose to apply for an exemption—if approved, it is their responsibility to notify you and provide a copy of their approval letter. Once notified, employers must not deduct WA Cares premiums from these workers. Exemptions are permanent and employees may never opt back in, even if they change jobs.
CONTINUATION OF LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE
If you already offer private long-term care insurance to your employees, you can continue to do so. It’s still your employees’ responsibility to decide whether to apply for an exemption. You can’t apply for exemptions on behalf of your employees.
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