ESD, L&I publish guidance for common workplace safety concerns and employment scenarios during the pandemic

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The Employment Security Department has published Employer FAQ and Worker FAQ to address common questions as businesses resume operations. The Department of Labor and Industries has published a Paid Sick Leave FAQ. The two agencies worked together to establish a Paid Family and Medical Leave FAQ. Combined, these FAQ address a range of possible scenarios that may unfold as workplaces resume operations.

Questions involving work refusal and unemployment eligibility have been especially frequent.

Workers collecting unemployment must have a good cause reason to refuse work and continue to receive regular unemployment benefits. Good cause reasons include: membership in a CDC-specified high-risk category, sharing a household or providing direct care for a high-risk category member, or returning to a worksite that does not follow government safety guidelines.

Workers that refuse work in order to care for a child that is unable to attend school or daycare due to pandemic-related closure are eligible for expanded unemployment benefits under Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) or the federal CARES Act.


Posted May 22, 2020