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.

Proclamation by the Governor 20-05 

March 9, 2020 

CR 103E  |  Emergency rules (3/9/2020) 

The emergency rules cover:

  • Registration for work
  • Certification of satisfactory progress for training programs
  • Penalty waivers
  • Updates to certain definitions

March 18, 2020

CR 103E (WorkSource closure)| Emergency rules (3/18/2020) 

The emergency rule provides exceptions for situations where WorkSource offices are closed.

March 24, 2020

CR 103E (Job search optional)| Emergency rules (3/24/2020)

The emergency rule makes changes to job search requirements for Unemployment Insurance claimants.

March 25, 2020

CR 103E (Shared Work)| Emergency rules (3/25/2020)

The emergency rule makes changes to shared work eligibility.

April 8, 2020

CR 103E (Lack of Work)| Emergency rules (4/8/2020)

The emergency rule provides for certain job separations to be considered "lack of work."

April 14, 2020

CR 103E (Consolidated Standby Rules, March 9, March 13, March 20, and April 14, 2020)| Emergency rules (3/20/2020)

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

CR 103E (Suspected Fraudulent Claims)| Emergency rules (5/20/2020) 

The emergency rule provides details for the Employment Security Department’s procedures when claims are suspected to be fraudulent.


June 8, 2020

CR103E (Waiting Week Charging)  |  Emergency rules (6/8/2020)

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

CR103E (Benefit Charging)  |  Emergency rules (6/30/2020)

The emergency rule provides relief of certain benefit charges connected to COVID-19.


July 17, 2020

CR103E (Extended Benefits – Suitable Work)  |  Emergency rules (7/17/2020)

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.



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