Employment Legislation – State of Washington

An ongoing list of enacted Washington State legislation related to employment issues.

(As of March 18, 2020)

Washington HB 2965, among other things, added $25 million appropriation from the budget stabilization account for expenditure into the COVID-19 unemployment account.  It became effective on March 17, 2020.

Washington HB 2739 adjusted certain requirements of the shared leave program.  Includes a provision of shared leave for employees in isolation or quarantine as requested or ordered by a public health offiical or health care provider as a result of COVID-19.  It became effective on March 17, 2020.


This is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of all COVID-19 related State legislature, or even all legislature that may tangentially affect employment. 

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2 Responses to Employment Legislation – State of Washington

  1. I am not familiar with the “shared leave program” referred to in this bill. Is this new with this bill or is this an existing program for public employees or …?

    • Chris Hilgenfeld says:

      Dave, the ESD shared work program is designed to be an alternative to layoffs by allowing employers to reduce the work hours of their full-time eligible employees, while allowing those employees to collect partial unemployment to replace a portion of the lost wages. Here is the ESD webpage with more information (https://esd.wa.gov/SharedWork).

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