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COVID-19: Business Assistance & Worker Resources

CDC

1. Preventative Measures


Business Support

The Employment Security Department has programs available to your business. They have implemented emergency rules that may help you and your business in dealing with temporary layoffs, isolation, and quarantine. An overview of available benefits can be found here and details about available programs are below.

Tax Day

2. Excise Tax Filing Assistance

The Department of Revenue will work with businesses that cannot file or pay their excise taxes on time due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Affected businesses may qualify for filing extensions or penalty waivers.

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Exports

3. Export Voucher Program

The Washington State Dept of Commerce Export Assistance Team is available to help companies that need vouchers to help pay for some of the costs for certain business needs.  

Find out if you are eligible >

Loan

4. Working Capital Advances

The US Small Business Administration has a program to help small businesses get working capital advances from lenders on export orders and receivables as well as letters of credit.

Learn more about the Export Working Capital Program here >

Export Express Loans are also available to qualifying businesses >

SharedWork

5. SharedWork Program

SharedWork is a voluntary business sustainability program that provides flexibility to retain employees at reduced hours. This is a little known but powerful program to help workers stay employed while drawing needed benefits.

More information >

Lay Off

6. Temporary Layoffs

Businesses may request to place an employee (or group of employees) on stand by for 8 weeks and your employee can collect benefits without having to look for other work.

More information >

Worker Resources

If you lost your job due to COVID-19-related layoffs, you may be eligible for Unemployment Benefits. If you or an immediate family member you care for is directly infected, you may qualify for state Paid Family and Medical Leave. Both are administered by the Employment Security Department, but they are different programs with separate eligibility requirements. It is important to note that you cannot receive benefits from both program at the same time.

Unemployment

7. Unemployment Benefits

Unemployment benefits are made available to workers who have been let go from their jobs through no fault of their own and aim to partially replace regular earnings and help meet expenses. The state has relaxed qualifications standards and expedited processing of benefits during the coronavirus emergency.

Individuals seeking unemployment benefits need to provide personal and employment information and can apply online or by calling 1-800-318-6022.

More information >

PFML

8. Paid Family and Medical Leave

If you are sick with COVID-19, as with any other illness, a healthcare provider must certify that you are unable to work in order to qualify for Paid Family and Medical Leave. Quarantine (and school closures) are not qualifying events under this program. It is recommended that you use employer-provided paid sick leave if available.

You do not have to be employed to collect PFML benefits, but you cannot collect Unemployment Benefits simultaneously.

More information >

Public Awareness

Governor Inslee issued a proclamation stating it’s still safe for people to go outside as long as they remain at least six feet from each other. Grocery stores, doctor’s offices and other essential businesses will remain open. People can still participate in activities such as bike rides, gardening, and dog walking — as long as they follow social distancing rules.

Inslee

9. Governor's Orders

The newly issued Stay Home, Stay Healthy order:

  1. Requires every Washingtonian to stay home unless they need to pursue an essential activity.
  2. Bans all gatherings for social, spiritual and recreational purposes.
  3. Closes all businesses except essential businesses.

More information >

King County

10. King County Public Health Update

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