For Washington workers riding out coronavirus restrictions, state benefits may help

The growing list of safety precautions taken to curb the coronavirus outbreak is touching the lives of most Seattle-area workers, whether they’ve been exposed to the disease or not. Many workers have been asked to skip shifts, cut back hours or work from home. While necessary to slow the spread of the disease, the restrictions could have long-term financial impacts.

Washington’s Employee Security Department (ESD) has compiled a list of resources available to workers impacted by the virus.

The following infographic shows four common employer- and state-provided benefits, and how they apply to coronavirus-related situations: Employer-paid sick leave, WA unemployment insurance, WA Paid Family & Medical Leave, or WA workers’ compensation.

Photo credit: Washington State Employment Security Department.

Washington state is also working to compile a larger list of local bankers, financial associations, telecoms, utilities and major employers that may be able to provide relief, such as:

  • Deferred bills, waived fees, discounts, no-interest loans and other support.
  • Debt and late-penalty forgiveness for companies and workers in order to help keep people employed.
  • Favorable credit terms for firms that encounter cash flow problems.

Emery Reddy helps workers. Call us at if you have a question about workplace restrictions relating to coronavirus, or if you have an L&I, workers’ comp, injury, or other employment law claim. You won’t get better advice.

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