Unemployment Insurance & Benefits
Washington state is returning to pre-pandemic rules regarding unemployment insurance. Job search and waiting week requirements will resume in early July. Click here for a description of job search requirements and includes a list of activities that can count for a job search.
This year, the state is reverting to normal rules where educational employees will not qualify for unemployment during planned breaks (winter, spring, and summer breaks) if they have reasonable assurance that they will return to their job when school resumes. Click here for more information about this unemployment rule and how eligibility works for educators during planned breaks.
Those who lost eligibility for health benefits because they were laid off or because they had a voluntary or involuntary reduction in hours that impacted their eligibility for health benefits can have 100% employer paid COBRA premiums from April through September. Employers will be eligible for a federal subsidy to cover these costs. Those who were identified as meeting the criteria by their district/college were mailed a letter to notify them of this eligibility at the end of May. If someone thought they were eligible, but did not receive a letter, they can apply for this program directly. Visit this website for more information, along with links to all necessary forms for SEBB and PEBB programs.