On Monday, March 23, Governor Inslee issued a proclamation telling all Washington state residents to “stay home, stay healthy.” All social, spiritual, and recreational gatherings are prohibited, and all non-essential businesses are ordered to close, starting at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, March 25. Read the governor’s proclamation here.
The governor’s proclamation exempts essential critical infrastructure workers. You can see the list of sectors and workers who are considered essential here.
COVID 19 Resources
The novel corona virus has brought sudden, massive changes to the life here in Washington state, and to the public employees who serve our communities every day. Agencies are asking more employees to work from home, and most colleges have moved to online-only classes. While the situation is changing quickly, WPEA will continue to provide the most updated information we can here at our website. If you have specific questions, please contact your steward or staff representative or dial 360-943-1121.
Office of Financial Management Governor Jay Inslee and the Office of Financial Management have expanded leave options and issued new guidance for state employees. You can read the guidance from OFM here, see what kind of leave options are available here, or visit OFM’s full list of resources here.
Employment Security The Employment Security Department has issued emergency rules that make it easier to qualify for Unemployment Insurance if you are laid off or working a reduced schedule due during the COVID 19 crisis. Look at their fact sheet and new rules here.