File your quarterly report and pay premiums - Washington State's Paid Family and Medical Leave (2024)

File your report and pay premiums

Paid Family and Medical Leave provides paid time off when Washington workers need it most and WA Cares allows you to plan for the future. By reporting key information and contributing premium payments, employers play an important role in keeping the program strong and supporting employees when they qualify for paid time off.

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Reporting overview

Watch this video to get quick, helpful tips on how to file your Paid Leave quarterly reports and make payments.

Employer webinar

This webinar gives employers a general understanding of how Paid Family and Medical Leave works and how to make payments.

When to report wages and hours and pay premiums

Every business is required to file a quarterly report with the Employment Security Department even if you have No Payroll or a voluntary plan. After you submit your report, pay the premiums you collected from your employees or that you are contributing yourself on their behalf.

Here’s when to submit your reports and payments:

Report & Payment Due: April 30
Q1: January, February, March
Report & Payment Due: July 31
Q2: April, May, June
Report & Payment Due: October 31
Q3: July, August, September
Report & Payment Due: January 31
Q4: October, November, December

Checklist: Completing your report

Here’s what you need to complete your report. You can also download the checklist.

Download checklist

Step 1: Gather your business and employee information.


  • United business identifier (UBI) number (if you don’t know your UBI number, look it up)
  • Business name
  • Total premiums collected (if any) from employees
  • Name of the report preparer


  • Social Security number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).
  • First name, last name, middle initial
  • Date of birth
  • Wages, which are generally referred to as gross wages without tips. Wages are defined in statute (RCW 50A.05.010) as the remuneration paid by an employer to an employee (up to the Social Security cap for premium assessment).
    • For premium assessment and quarterly reporting, gross wages include:
      • Salary or hourly wagesCash value of goods or services given in the place of moneyCommissions or pieceworkBonusesCash value of gifts or prizesCash value of meals and lodging when given as compensationHoliday payPaid time off (vacation, sick leave, associated cash outs)Separation pay such as severance pay, termination pay, or wages in lieu of noticeValue of stocks at the time of transfer to the employee (if part of a compensation package)Compensation for use of specialty equipment, performance of special duties or working particular shiftsStipends and per diems (unless provided to cover a past or future cost incurred by the worker as a result of the worker’s expected job functions)
    • Wages may not include:
      • Tips
      • Supplemental benefit payments
      • Payments provided to cover a past or future cost incurred by the worker as a result of the worker’s expected job functions
      • Payment into retirement or disability plans
  • Hours, rounded up to the nearest whole number, each employee worked during the reporting quarter. This includes paid time off (sick, vacation, etc.) but does not include supplemental benefits.

Step 2:
Prepare and file your report

Employers report Paid Leave and WA Cares premiums from employees at the same time on the same report. Learn more about WA Cares reporting.

Log in to your Employer account through SecureAccess Washington (SAW). (Create an account if you don’t already have one and watch this video to learn how to set up your account.)

  • If you are setting up your account for the first time, have your UBI number on hand. (If you don’t know your UBI number, look it up.)

Choose a reporting format: manual entry (you can do this for up to 50 employees) or complete and upload a .CSV file.

  • Use the Paid Leave and WA Cares .CSV File Specifications (v8) and the Paid Leave and WA Cares .CSV Template (v8). Make sure to test it before uploading it.

.CSV specifications

.CSV template

Test your file

  • If a third-party employer agent will be reporting on your behalf, confirm that they will be submitting reports.

Employer agents who bulk file (ICESA) should use the ICESA file specifications (v8) for Paid Leave and WA Cares.

ICESA specifications

Test your ICESA file

Step 3: Pay your premiums

Log in to your account to file your quarterly report and pay your premiums.

Premium payments for Paid Leave and WA Cares are separate because they must be paid to the appropriate trust funds.

Payments can take several days to post to your account depending on your payment method.

Some common reasons for delay include:

  • Not enclosing the correct program payment coupon when mailing your payment
  • Postdating your payment to a date later in the month
  • Sending your payment to the wrong program
  • Not including your customer ID or UBI on your payment

If it’s been more than a week since you made your payment online and your balance isn’t updated, please contact us at


You will need to have full access to your account before you can file an amendment; amendments are not an option with limited access.

Learn more about the PIN verification process.

There are a couple of methods for submitting amendments, and they depend on how you initially reported.

Click on Wage Reporting from the top menu bar then click Amend Wage Report.

  1. Under “Prior Quarter Search,” select the year and quarter of the report you need to amend.
  2. In the “Search Results” table, locate the report and click the blue Amend link in the first column of the table.
  3. Under “Filing Methods”, select the filing method you would like to use for your amendment and click Next. If you filed the initial report using manual entry, you can amend using either manual entry or CSV file upload. If you filed the initial report using file upload, you need to use file upload for your amendment.
  4. Submit your amendment; refer to the reporting instructions when needed.
  5. On the “Wage Detail Adjustment Reason Verification” page, use the dropdown menu to select the reason for your amendment.
    • Options include:
      • Employer and wages amended because of incorrectly reported wages or hours
      • Wages amended because employee(s) were mistakenly included/excluded
      • Employment and wages amended to correct computer system, data entry or accounting errors
      • SSN or name changed
      • Employment and wages amended as a result of an audit
      • Other
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