COVID-19 Emergency Rules
On Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, Gov. Jay Inslee proclaimed a State of Emergency in Washington regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus). The proclamation directs agencies and departments to support the state Department of Health and local officials in alleviating the impacts to people, property, and infrastructure across the state.
March 9, 2020
The emergency rules cover:
- Registration for work
- Certification of satisfactory progress for training programs
- Penalty waivers
- Defining Catastrophic Occurrences (rescinded Feb. 10, 2021)
- Updates to certain definitions
March 18, 2020
The emergency rule provides exceptions for situations where WorkSource offices are closed.
March 24, 2020
The emergency rule makes changes to job search requirements for Unemployment Insurance claimants.
March 25, 2020
The emergency rule makes changes to shared work eligibility.
April 8, 2020
The emergency rule provides for certain job separations to be considered "lack of work."
April 14, 2020
The emergency rule consolidates standby emergency rules from March 9, March 13, and March 20, 2020, and automatically places claimants on standby, as long as it is optional for claimants to search for work.
May 20, 2020
The emergency rule provides details for the Employment Security Department’s procedures when claims are suspected to be fraudulent.
June 8, 2020
The emergency rule provides details for the Employment Security Department's procedures for charging employers for the first week of benefits while the waiting week is waived.
June 30, 2020
The emergency rule provides relief of certain benefit charges connected to COVID-19.
July 17, 2020
The emergency rule aligns state rules with federal guidance regarding extended benefits in order to secure federal funding for extended benefits provided in the CARES Act.
Sept. 18, 2020
The emergency rule aligns state rules with federal guidance regarding overpayments of Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) provided in the CARES Act.
Nov. 20, 2020
The emergency rule allows for petitions for judicial review to be submitted electronically and clarifies that petitions may not be delivered to buildings closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nov 20, 2020
The emergency rule allows reopened claims to be backdated in certain circumstances.
Jan 7, 2021
The emergency rule provides clarification about the "waiting week" claimants are subject to before they begin receiving unemployment benefits, which was temporarily waived by gubernatorial proclamation.
Feb 11, 2021ESSB 5061, the agency adopted an emergency rule to clarify how certain relief of benefits for combined-wage claims while be charged.
April 5, 2021ESSB 5061, the agency adopted an emergency rule to clarify how claimants will provide verification that they separated from work due to underlying health conditions.