Edit: sounds like I was wrong...amzn should reduce my benefit.Why is AMZN stealing my new WA Paid Family Leave benefit?

Jan 14 25 Comments

Posting again in HR>>>

EDIT: It is clear that my understanding of the new benefit was not popular. Thanks for the input!!.

Background: Amazonian in Seattle, non-tech, new father, 6 YOE, 170 TC

I'm off in January for paternity leave. Amazon has historically offered 6 weeks paternity leave as a benefit. Washington state started a new family leave benefit of $1000/wk beginning in 2020. Both are awesome individually... Here is my rub:

I got an email from Amazon HR saying (paraphrased) "you need to apply for the new Washington benefit and use them concurrently bc we are reducing your benefit by $1000/wk"

Anyone else experiencing this? I'm going to let it simmer for a while but contemplating taking this to the news.

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TOP 25 Comments
  • Microsoft hiworl
    Wow what and entitlement - clearly you are foolish, you don’t understand how you are double dipping when it’s clearly double dipping . When state benefit kicks in , it’s clear amazon or any other company will reduce the benefit because rest is covered by state - it’s perfectly normal . State gives benefit so that those companies who don’t give this benefit are covered , not to extent the entitlement of already entitled employees
    Jan 14 0
  • Facebook public2
    Amzn wouldn't be amzn unless they amzn'd
    Jan 14 0
  • Apple gPTe27
    Why do you wanna double dip brah? What amazon said sounds like what my employer did in CA
    Jan 14 3
    • Microsoft utLu50
      Wouldnt you get paid more if you got paid for 6 weeks salary instead of 12 weeks @ 1k per week?
      Jan 14
    • Amazon fr33dom
      OP
      Most definitely, but point was to maximize time at home, not income. Was trying for 18 weeks at home (6 paid by amazon, 12 paid by state).
      Jan 14
  • Facebook Yvgev
    That’s not how it works. No double dipping my friend.
    Jan 14 0
  • Microsoft utLu50
    How are they stealing? You get the money directly from the state.
    Jan 14 7
    • Microsoft utLu50
      It’s funny because you bring up federal tax into a state benefit discussion.

      Are you a college student that just thinks amazon is evil? Blimd is ruined.
      Jan 14
    • Stick to code. You don't know what the employer contribution is and you dont have a single data point.

      If you knew anything you would know Amazon doesnt make an itemized state tax breakdown publicly available. But if a company receives $130M from the federal government how do you expect they would pay a state tax. They would be similar.

      Keep laughing and go on sucking that corporate dick.
      Jan 15
  • Google SdrPikachu
    That''s perfectly normal standard procedure. Do you think you would get paid $1,000/week on top of your normal salary?
    Jan 14 2
    • Amazon fr33dom
      OP
      I was under the impression I could take 12 weeks from the state (zero pay/taking leave from Amazon) AFTER I used Amazon's paternity benefit.
      Jan 14
    • Google SdrPikachu
      Not how it works, unfortunately. Legislation sets a minimum, companies can exceed if they want. It doesn't "stack".
      Jan 14
  • Facebook 0078
    Did you think you were going paid by Amazon and WA?
    Jan 14 1
    • Amazon fr33dom
      OP
      Yes - by running the benefits end-to-end but taking LOA from Amazon while collecting state benefit.
      Jan 14
  • Qualcomm rbbsjopdja
    You’re entitled. “Stealing”? Please.
    As others have stated, this statewide benefit is intended for those who don’t have generous leave policies at cushy tech jobs.
    It’s a benefit that pays 90% of your pay up to 1k/wk. Amazon is doing exactly as they should.

    https://paidleave.wa.gov/find-out-how-paid-leave-works/
    Jan 15 0
  • Blame your lawmakers for passing a shitty law. Can’t blame the company for following the law.
    Jan 14 0
  • BMO hPnJ57
    Kinda sounds similar to how non-lump sum severance packages often "top off" whatever your state unemployment benefit is on a weekly basis.
    Jan 14 0

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