March 25, 2020

State officials announce new online portal to provide clarification for employers

By: Andrew Lenderman   Comments: 0

Not sure if your business can remain open?

State officials have created a new online portal to help employers get clarification or make a request to be considered essential under the state's new Stay Home, Stay Healthy order.

The new form replaces a previous one that was located on the state Emergency Management Division website.

Employers and workers are encouraged to review these essential businesses to determine what's open, and what's closed for the next two weeks.

There's no need to register for workers and businesses that are already deemed essential per the proclamation.

And don't forget -- nonessential businesses are still allowed to continue operations if employees can work from home.

The proclamation goes into effect at midnight tonight. Nonessential businesses will be closed for two weeks.

“This is a difficult time for all of us, and we recognize the hardship on many businesses and families,” Commerce Director Lisa Brown said in a news release. “As Governor Inslee said Monday night, we want to get back to normal as soon as possible, and to do that, we have to hit this hard. We are taking steps to relieve and mitigate the economic impacts of this action to the greatest extent possible.”

State officials have also launched a new web portal which includes an information and resource center for employers and workers: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/business-workers.

The new site also includes a "Spread the Facts" page which addresses many common questions that have arisen over the past few weeks.

"In response to widely-circulated rumors, state officials also want to be clear that no one needs to be registered on any list, and no one needs a letter or pass of any kind to continue moving about, conducting essential business and activities," the state Department of Commerce reported in a news release.

For more information visit www.coronavirus.wa.gov.

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