Policy Hash: Best Business Practices for Paid Family Leave

Get the interactive tools and new research to determine which paid family leave pathway is best for your employees and bottom line.

  • Date(s): Thu, Oct 05, 2017
  • Time(s): 08:00 AM - 09:30 AM
  • Location: Microsoft Events Center at the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
  • Address: 1301 5th Ave., Ste. 1500, Seattle, 98101, WA (Get Directions)
  • Members: $25 pre-paid ($35 as of 9/28)
  • Non-Members: $40 pre-paid ($70 as of 9/28)
  • Additional Information: Online registration for this event is now closed, but we will be talking walk-up registrations at the door.
  • Questions: Contact Leigh Jacobson at 206-389-7311


This past July, Washington became the fifth state to pass a paid family and medical leave program into law. Thanks in part to more than a year of engagement by the Seattle Metro Chamber and other business partners, the law sets a national standard as both the most progressive for employees and the most flexible for businesses.

With parts of the law already in effect, and employer and employee contributions set to begin in January 2019, is your business ready to assess whether waiving the state program is the best for your business and your employees?

Join us for breakfast on Thursday, October 5, as we review the thresholds for a waiver of the state’s PFL program and how to approach this opportunity for innovation and retention of your employees. You’ll hear from Angela Romei, a private sector paid leave expert, and Dianne Arpin of T-Mobile, on evolving workforce trends and the paid leave calculus in use at businesses around the country as they harness the 21st century workforce. 


  • Angela Romei
    Director, Paid Leave
    Panorama Global

  • Dianne Arpin
    Sr. Manager, Leave & Accommodation
    T-Mobile

What you'll learn:

  • How Washington’s new law will affect your business practices
  • Exceptions to the law and opportunities to innovate outside of the state program
  • Current trends and paid leave lessons learned at businesses nationwide
  • New tools – such as cost calculators and industry benchmarks – and insights you can use to determine what approach to paid leave is right for your company and employees
  • How companies are using paid leave to help attract and retain top employees

About Policy Hash:
The Policy Hash series offers members a timely, practical forum to hash out how specific policy decisions affect their operations.  With experts to advise employers on compliance, built-in question and answer opportunities—and breakfast—Policy Hash provides valuable preparation for new laws and policies.

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