The COVID-19 related infor­ma­tion below and many more resources can be found at the Washington State Labor Council website: https://​www​.wslc​.org/covid-19/

Unemploy­ment Benefits — If you have been laid off or had your hours reduced, you may be eligible for unemploy­ment benefits, which is partial wage replace­ment from the state. Under the new emergency rules, benefits are also avail­able to workers who have been quaran­tined due to exposure or are self-quaran­tined because they are immune-compro­mised. The Washington State Employ­ment Security Depart­ment is where you apply for these benefits. Here are step-by-step instruc­tions, a schedule of webinars on how to do it, and an Eligi­bility Checker form to see if you are eligible. (This infor­ma­tion is avail­able in multiple languages.) Below is ESD’s easy-to-read compar­ison guide explaining the most common scenarios and what benefits that may apply, plus the enhanced benefits avail­able through the federal CARES Act. Learn more here.

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Problems with Unemploy­ment? — If you are experi­encing delays and technical issues applying for unemploy­ment, you’re not alone. The Employ­ment Security Depart­ment updated its system to include new federal COVID-19 benefits on April 18, but the system has been overwhelmed by the many thousands of people trying to apply at once. Get the latest ESD updates here. Also, Working Washington wants to hear from people who have faced problems applying for unemploy­ment. You can fill out their survey here.
Denied Unemploy­ment? — If you have been denied unemploy­ment benefits, contact the Unemploy­ment Law Project. With offices in Seattle and Spokane, the ULP provides low-cost repre­sen­ta­tion and free advice and counsel to people in Washington state who have been denied unemploy­ment benefits or whose award of benefits is being challenged. Learn more here.