Introduction to the New Paid Family and Medical Leave Law

Event date:
Thursday, September 20, 2018 7:30am - 9:30am

Holiday Inn Hotel
802 E Yakima Ave
Yakima, WA 98901

This event occurs in the America/Los Angeles time zone.



Starting in 2020, Washington will be the fifth state in the nation to offer paid family and medical leave benefits to workers and employers. The program will be funded by premiums paid by both employees and employers. This insurance program will allow workers to take necessary time off when they welcome a new child into their family, are struck by extended illness or injury, or need to take care of an ill or ailing relative. As directed by the Legislature, premium assessment begins on January 1, 2019 and benefits will be available on January 1, 2020.

This seminar will discuss what the new FMLA law says, who is impacted by it, implementation recommendations, and the Healthy Start Act – all with plenty of time for questions.

About our presenter:

Erika is an attorney with Stokes Lawrence Velikanje Moore & Shore. Erika assists businesses with contract, employment, and land use issues. She also serves as a Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representative for the Eastern District of Washington, and as a board member for the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center, and the YMCA of the Greater Tri-Cities.

After growing up in Prosser, Erika received an agricultural economics degree from Washington State University. She then attended law school at the University of Idaho, where she graduated at the top of her class. Erika and her family lived in the Tri-Cities for 14 years, where she served as a staff attorney to U.S. District Court Judge Edward Shea, researching legal issues, writing judicial opinions, and preparing the judge for hearings and trials. Erika, her husband, and their two elementary-aged kids moved to Prosser two years ago, where they keep busy with youth sports, Scouts, church, and attempting to train their two year old lab.