COVID-19 BUSINESS INFO QUICK LINKS

BENEFITS FOR YOUR WORKFORCE

With Governor Islee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, we know a lot of businesses may have had to shutdown or reduce their hours of operations. This makes it hard to continue to employ your employees. Below you will find a list of available employee benefit programs so that you can take care of your employees and find the appropriate program that fits your situation.

SCENARIO: I had to lay off an employee.

PROGRAM: STANDBY UNEMPLOYMENT

WHO PAYS: Washington State unemployment and includes $600 per week from the federal government.

MORE INFORMATION: Washington State Employment Security Department

SCENARIO: I had to reduce an employee’s hours by more than 50%.

PROGRAM: PARTIAL EMPLOYMENT

WHO PAYS: Washington State unemployment pays for hours not worked.

MORE INFORMATION: Washington State Employment Security Department

SCENARIO: I had to reduce an employee’s hours by 50% or less.

PROGRAM: SHAREDWORK PROGRAM

WHO PAYS: State unemployment pays for hours not worked.

MORE INFORMATION: Washington State Employment Security Department

SCENARIO: My employee can’t come to work because…

  • They have been ordered to quarantine or self-isolate.
  • They were advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine.
  • They are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and is seeking diagnosis.
  • They are caring for a family member that is sick with COVID-19.

PROGRAM: SICK TIME AND PAID TIME OFF – WASHINGTON STATE PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE – FEDERAL EMERGENCY PAID SICK LEAVE

WHO PAYS:

  • Business pays sick time and paid time off.
  • Washington State pays for Paid Family and Medical Leave Program.
  • Employer pays and is reimbursed with Federal tax credits* for Federal Emergency Paid Sick Leave.

MORE INFORMATION:

SCENARIO: My employee can’t come to work because their child’s school is closed or child care is unavailable.

PROGRAM: EMERGENCY FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT EXPANSION

WHO PAYS: Employer pays and is reimbursed with Federal tax credits.*

MORE INFORMATION: Emergency Family and Medical Leave Act Expansion

*CLAIMING THE FEDERAL TAX CREDIT

Deduct and keep the amount you paid in qualified leave and qualified health plan expenses from your employment taxes.

You can deduct from these taxes:

  • Federal income tax withheld from the impacted employee.
  • Businesses share of social security for all employees.
  • Businesses share of Medicare for all employees.

If you need an advance of the tax credit complete and submit from 7200 and fax it to the number listed on the form.