- The emergency legislation has passed the Senate but still needs to pass the House and be signed into law by the President.
- It includes pandemic unemployment assistance, which is very similar to disaster unemployment assistance.
- It will likely help many people, including people who currently don't qualify for regular unemployment benefits and people who don't have 680 hours in their benefit year.
- Some people may also receive additional benefits or an extension of benefits.
- The details are complicated and we have to wait on guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor, which we will receive after the bill is signed.
- The best way to stay up to date is by subscribing to the Employment Security Department’s COVID-19 action alert updates. A link to sign up is on the home page of esd.wa.gov.