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Small Business Resource: Additional State and Local Resource Information

April 02, 2020  By HCMP Law Offices

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Washington State’s Central COVID-19 Webpage for Businesses

Summary: This is Washington State’s official COVID-19 website, maintained by the state Joint Information Center (JIC). This website is constantly being updated and there is already important information available here; it will be further improved in the coming hours and days. The website will provide links to official information from a wide range of trusted sources, including government and community services.

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Resources for Businesses in Washington State Affected by COVID-19

Summary: The website contains a list of resources that can help out Washington businesses affected by COVID-19.

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Association of Washington Businesses COVID-19 Resources for Employers

Summary: List of resources for employers collected by AWB.

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Washington Paid Family & Medical Leave—Frequently Asked Questions

Summary: A webpage that answers frequently asked questions related to Washington Paid Family & Medical Leave in light of COVID-19.

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Paid Sick Leave and COVID-19 Common Questions

Summary: The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries has a page to answer common questions about paid sick leave and COVID-19.

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Insurance Coverage

Summary: The Office of the Washington State Insurance Commissioner has information about insurance coverage that businesses need to protect themselves from potential losses related to COVID-19.

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Dislocated Workers/Major Layoffs Frequently Asked Questions

Summary: The Washington Employment Security Department answers frequently asked questions regarding dislocated workers and major layoffs.

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Information on Layoff Assistance for Businesses

Summary: The Washington Employment Security Department answers questions and provides resources and information for businesses that may need to temporarily lay off some or all of their employees, including how to keep from losing highly trained employees.

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Workforce Professionals Center—Rapid Response Program

Summary: The Rapid Response unit is responsible for contacting employers and worker representatives to offer transitional services to workers affected by mass layoffs or plant closures.

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Washington Healthplanfinder

Summary: Washington Healthplanfinder, the state's health insurance exchange, has opened a special enrollment period for qualified individuals who are or become uninsured. Some may be eligible for Apple Health (Medicaid).

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Summary: Gives interim guidance for businesses and employers to plan and respond to COVID-19.

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Export Assistance

Summary: The Washington State Department of Commerce’s Export Assistance Team division can help companies identify alternative markets and provide firms with STEP Vouchers to defray the costs of trade show or trade mission fees, airfare, interpreter and translation services, business matchmaking, export training programs and more.

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For more information on any of these resources, please contact one of the HCMP attorneys who contributed to this article:

Robert Van Cleve | robert.vancleve@hcmp.com | 206.470.7636

Melody Alvarado Latino | melody.alvaradolatino@hcmp.com | 206.470.7655

Thea Marriott Bratt | thea.marriottbratt@hcmp.com | 206.470.7667


The information contained in this update is provided for informational purposes only. It is not business, legal, accounting, tax, financial, investment or other advice on any matter and may not be relied upon as such. Please contact your attorney to obtain advice regarding any particular legal matter.