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State extends SharedWork program proclamation to encourage employer participation, 6.22.20

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Gov. Jay Inslee on June 19 extended a proclamation regarding the state’s SharedWork program run by the Employment Security Department.

According to the proclamation, “although shared work benefits are being fully paid for by the federal government, states may choose to charge or not charge employers on a state level for the shared work benefits paid, but this choice must be permissible under the state’s law. To remove barriers to partial employment of those members of our workforce whose lives have been impacted by layoffs resulting from the economic downturn and the closure of businesses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is necessary to waive certain statutory provisions related to shared work to provide financial relief to encourage employers to provide shared work programs.”

The proclamation was extended through 11:59 p.m. on July 19, 2020, “because it prevents, hinders or delays necessary action to restore at least partial employment of the workforce that has been dramatically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Learn more about the SharedWork program in this video.