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Wuhan coronavirus: Governor Inslee announces support for Washington workers and businesses

Christian Fernsby |
Governor Jay Inslee announced the expansion of state policies today to support workers and businesses financially impacted by Wuhan coronavirus.

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Topics: WUHAN    CORONAVIRUS    WASHINGTON   

The governor and Suzi LeVine, commissioner of the Washington Employment Security Department, rolled out new rules to help alleviate the economic impact felt by businesses and workers.

These expanded policies complement the leadership large companies have shown to ensure their hourly employees and supporting businesses weather this difficult period.

Inslee also announced today that all state employees impacted by Wuhan coronavirus will receive additional leave and telework options.

“Through careful planning and by working together, we can mitigate the economic hardships this situation is going to cause,” Inslee said.

"Whether it’s businesses expanding their paid leave and telework options, support for state workers, unemployment insurance or Paid Family and Medical Leave, we can help provide individuals with additional security while they care for themselves and their families.

“I am also directing the state to look at ways to minimize impact for those impacted by self quarantine.

“We can also ensure employers retain their workers even if they need to slow down their business operations.

“On top of all that, we are expanding the ability of employers to retain their workers even if they need to slow business operations.”

As a result of Inslee's emergency proclamation, ESD developed rules to go into effect today.

These rules enhance the flexibility of the unemployment insurance program.

The rules will help relieve the burden of temporary layoffs, isolation and quarantine by ensuring unemployment benefits are available to individuals whose employment has been impacted directly by Wuhan coronavirus.

Workers will be able to receive unemployment benefits and employers will get relief of benefit charges if an employer needs to curtail or shut down operations temporarily because a worker becomes sick and other workers need to be isolated or quarantined as a result of Wuhan coronavirus.

A worker that follows guidance issued by a medical or public health official to isolate or quarantine themselves as a result of exposure to Wuhan coronavirus and is not receiving paid sick leave from their employer, may be eligible to receive unemployment benefits.

If a worker falls seriously ill and is forced to quit, they may qualify for Paid Family Medical Leave while ill under the existing program.

Once recovered and available for work, they may apply for unemployment benefits.

It removes the full-time requirement and expands standby ability to part time/less than full-time workers who are isolated.

“The first and best option for workers who need to miss work due to illness or quarantine is to use their employer-provided paid time off,” LeVine said.

“When that is not an option, an ESD program may be able to help.

“Accessing unemployment benefits, which provide a partial wage replacement, to address these situations is not the first choice but it is a last resort that is available for many.

“The last thing people need to worry about when dealing with a health crisis is how they’re going to put food on the table.

“These new rules build on our state’s already strong foundation of support services.”

For workers: The new rules allow current unemployment claimants who are in isolation or quarantine as a result of Wuhan coronavirus more leniency about many unemployment insurance deadlines and mandatory appointments.

This includes deadlines for applying for training programs or mandatory re-employment service appointments.

For employers: The rules also waive financial penalties for employers who file their tax reports late, pay their taxes late, or do not respond information requests in a timely fashion as a result of Wuhan coronavirus.

ESD has created a new Wuhan coronavirus information page on its website that provides an overview of programs.

These include unemployment benefits for workers whose companies close or experience a slowdown due to the outbreak; layoff assistance for businesses; and Paid Family and Medical Leave benefits for workers who get sick or need to care for a sick family member.

The web page will be updated with new information as it becomes available.

Inslee also announced steps today that will help those who work for the state and are impacted by Wuhan coronavirus, including leave expansion and telework options to all state employees.

The governor was joined by Franklin Plaistowe, assistant director of State Human Resources.

"State employees are the backbone of our government and we need to do everything we can to ensure they are able to take care of themselves and their families," Inslee said.

"Those who work for the state of Washington support all of us and we need to support them."

In a letter to state employees today, Inslee laid out these additional options:

Leave expansion: State employees impacted by Wuhan coronavirus will have additional leave available to them, which will means they won't be required to take existing sick, vacation or family leave.

Guidance around staying home and self-isolating: If an employee has symptoms of fever and cough or shortness of breath, and has not experienced any known exposure to Wuhan coronavirus or tested positive for Wuhan coronavirus, the employee is to stay home for 72 hours after their fever is gone and symptoms have improved.

Telework: State organizations will explore all possible options to expand telework for employees impacted by Wuhan coronavirus.


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