Guidance and resources for businesses and employers.
Facial Covering Guidance
Read all business and employee guidance on the governor's COVID-19 Reopening Guidance for Businesses and Workers page.
General Workplace Safety
State law requires employers to provide a safe and healthy workplace, and it protects workers from retaliation. These basic obligations remain in effect during this pandemic.
Department of Labor and Industries (L&I)
L&I is for workplace safety and rights for workers. They will also serve as an enforcement arm of Safe Start restrictions.
Employment Security Department (ESD)
ESD is offering relief to affected workers and information to businesses statewide that may help them employ and retain their workers.
Department of Health (DOH)
DOH is a primary source for data on the coronavirus and guidance to slow the spread.
Department of Commerce (COM)
Commerce is responding to the crisis by arranging funding, grants, loans, and resources for Washington businesses.
Liquor and Cannabis Board
Administration and enforcement of liquor, cannabis, tobacco and vapor laws
Washington State Department of Agriculture
Administration and support for the agriculture community
Washington State Human Rights Commission
The Washington State Human Rights Commission (WSHRC) is a state agency responsible for administering and enforcing the Washington Law Against Discrimination.
Workers affected by the pandemic may be eligible for unemployment benefits.
You may have questions about resuming your operations and bringing employees back to the workplace. Here are some additional resources to help answer your questions:
Paid Sick Leave
Workers may use accrued paid sick leave if their employer is shut down due to a health-related reason, including COVID-19.
Additionally, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires certain employers to provide workers with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.
Paid Family and Medical Leave
Paid Family and Medical Leave is available to workers that require time off to care for themselves or a family member due to a qualifying event. This includes one’s own serious health condition, caring for a seriously ill or injured loved one or welcoming a new child into the family. This benefit also applies to some military-connected events for military families.
The state Emergency Management Division has activated resources for state and local governments, tribal governments and to certain non-profits.
The Public Assistance (PA) Program is helping for these organizations seeking federal assistance.
The state’s Office of Financial Management can help governments manage various workplace issues related to COVID-19.
The Department of Enterprise Services offers services for state agencies and municipal governments including facilities and lease management, accounting, human resources, risk management, contracting and printing.
The Department of Commerce has compiled a list of federal and state funding available to local governments.
These resources can help you support your employees as they return to work.
If your company offers an employee assistance program, be sure to remind your workers how to make use of that benefit.