The Washington State Legislature and Gov. Inslee have announced plans to change and improve the WA Cares Fund during the 2022 legislative session, which is scheduled to conclude in March 2022. Per direction from the governor, ESD will not collect premiums from employers until April 2022 or until the Legislature gives further direction.
However, the existing law still directs employers to begin collecting premiums from their employees beginning Jan. 1. Each employer will need to decide whether they will implement the law as it stands or await legislative action.
The Washington State Employment Security Department will update the WA Cares website as more information becomes available.
A reminder to all members to register now for the Virtual Washington State In-Home Services Advocacy Days on January 27-28, 2022, sponsored by the Home Care Association of America Washington Chapter (Washington Home Care Association), the Home Care Association of Washington, and the Washington State Hospice & Palliative Care Association. Click here for details.