High-risk worker proclamation

Governor Jay Inslee issued Proclamation 20-46.3 (pdf) April 8, 2021, amending Proclamation 20-05 (pdf), which prevents all employers, public or private, from failing to provide accommodation to high-risk employees, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that protects them from risk of exposure to the COVID-19 disease on the job.

Proclamation 20-46.3 will continue to maintain the core principles of the original proclamation:  

  • Workers who remain high risk will still benefit from job protection, access to alternative work arrangements, and eligibility for unemployment insurance and other forms of paid leave.
  • Employers must provide employees with 14 days’ notice of any planned changes, which will give employees time to work with their medical provider to obtain verification and to seek health coverage through their employer’s COBRA plan, the Health Benefit Exchange, or private insurers.

This proclamation is effective April 13, 2020, and will remain in effect through the duration of the state of emergency, or until otherwise rescinded or amended. The updated proclamation (issued April 8, 2021) allows employers additional flexibility to seek medical verification from employees and to shift employees to health coverage alternatives.

If you are at high-risk, as defined by the CDC and would like to request an accommodation under the Proclamation, please contact your human resources office.

The Governor's Office also released a list of frequently asked questions and answers about the latest version of the proclamation.