Unemployment Insurance: Washington
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Author: Bruce Cross, Perkins Coie LLP
- Unemployment insurance is a program created to provide partial wage replacement to unemployed workers while they look for work. See Unemployment Compensation.
- Employers finance unemployment insurance via a payroll tax on wages. See Unemployment Taxes.
- Some employees are not covered for purposes of unemployment payroll taxes or benefits. See Unemployment Coverage.
- Claimants must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits. See Unemployment Eligibility.
- Claimants maybe disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits in certain cases. See Unemployment Disqualifications.
- Unemployment benefits will generally last up to 26 weeks. See Unemployment Weekly Benefit Amount.
- Washington has specific recordkeeping, notice and posting requirements. See Unemployment Recordkeeping Requirements; Notice and Posting Requirements.
- Washington offers the SharedWork Program, a voluntary program to help employers retain a group of employees who would otherwise have been laid off. See SharedWork Program.