Other Resources

Employee Retention Credit

If you are a small business who was able to retain their employees in 2021, you can file for the Employee Retention Credit for all 4 quarters and may also receive an advance payment of a portion of the credit! See more below:

Peninsula College

Continuing Education just got even easier with Peninsula College’s Accelerated AA Program. Find more about the program HERE.

Grant Writing Class at Peninsula College

Is your organization considering applying for a grant? Why not increase your chances by taking enrolling in Grant Writing Boot Camp with Peninsula College Community Ed?
This course is a fast-paced immersion in grant writing essentials. Learn all of the basics, plus strategic tips and tricks of effective grant proposal development, including understanding elements of the proposal, grant budgets, partnership strategies, and funding opportunity research. This course will provide a high-level overview of all components of effective grantsmanship through hands-on learning with an experienced grants professional who has generated over $60 million in public, corporate, and foundation funding.

Statewide Resource – No-Cost Accountant Services:

The Seattle Metro Chamber’s REACH program and the Business Health Trust are sponsoring accounting consulting services for small businesses to help employers navigate PPP forgiveness, Employee Retention Tax Credits, the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant and financial record-keeping for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. The CPA assistance is available to Washington businesses with 100 employees or fewer. Employers can reach out to Leigh (leighj@seattlechamber.com) to get connected with an accountant at Clark Nuber. Many thanks to the Seattle Metro Chamber for offering this amazing resource statewide!

Unemployment Info:

Did you receive Unemployment Insurance? ESD May Contact You:

Many current and former unemployment benefit recipients will need to answer additional fact-finding questions if ESD staff thinks you may qualify for a new claim. The fact-finding includes a link to apply for a new claim.

Claimants are advised to respond to all emails, postal mail, and web notices from ESD. For more information, read the potential new claim alert webpage on esd.wa.gov.

The American Rescue Plan included Unemployment benefits of 300.00 per week, in addition to state benefits until September 4, 2021

Looking for your next opportunity? 

Refine your skills, learn new ones and land a jobwith the help of WorkSource’s dedicated experts. Offices are physically closed statewide due to the pandemic, but you can still call your local office, join an online workshop and get virtual help at WorkSourceWA.com

UI Payments of extra $300 expire September 6, 2021

The new federal legislation that expands and changes CARES Act provisions includes an extra $300 per week for eligible claimants who are receiving benefits from any unemployment program. The extra payment is called Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC). Claimants who are eligible for benefits from the week ending Jan. 2, to the week ending March. 13, will receive the extra amount. Payments should start Jan. 15. Track developments on ESD’s website and social media.

Help to minimize delays by waiting until later in the week to log in and use eServices. Refer to the Employment Security Department website for details.

Unemployment and ESD

 What are the differences between all of the unemployment programs?

 SharedWork

If a business is under strain and cannot employ workers full-time, SharedWork allows employers to reduce hours and allow workers to collect partial unemployment. SharedWork claims do not count against an employer’s experience rating. If you have to reduce hours, this is the best option for the employer and the worker.

Regular UI

Regular UI refers to standard unemployment insurance benefits. This is the traditional unemployment benefit – the only significant change is the temporary waiver of the requirement for claimants to look for a new job through Nov. 9.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance – PUA

PUA is a federal program to support unemployed workers ineligible for regular UI benefits. Independent contractors, part-time workers, self-employed workers, and some other workers are eligible. See the second page of this document to determine PUA eligibility.

Pandemic Unemployment Extended Benefits – PEUC

PEUC is a federal program to continue benefit payments to unemployed workers that have exhausted their benefits. PUA and UI recipients are eligible to apply. After 26 weeks on regular UI or PUA, workers will receive a notice of final payment for their current program and a prompt to apply for PEUC. PEUC affords an additional 20 weeks of benefits.

Extended Benefits – EB

Extended benefits are available for recipients of regular UI benefits after they have been exhausted. Only regular UI claimants may apply – PUA claimants are not eligible. Claimants that exhaust their benefits should apply for PEUC first and consume those benefits before applying for EB.

Lost Wages Assistance – LWA

LWA is a federal program that pays an additional $300 per week to eligible claimants. To receive the extra benefit, workers must complete some extra questions each week through ESD’s eServices interface.

How long does it take for a claim to be processed?

Be careful and accurate when filing for benefits. Claims without issues are processed in 13 days on average. Claims with technical issues are taking up to 8-1/2 weeks to resolve. Contacting ESD may be difficult; agents are focused on resolving the longest-waiting claims.

Under the consumer resources appropriate page for rent and utilities page put this info at after the funding programs:   

Moratorium on evictions ending Oct 3, 2021

The CDC extended a moratorium on evictions last week. The extension included some modifications, including that tenants may be evicted if their behavior is “imminently hazardous” to the physical safety of other persons on the premises.

Utility disconnection moratorium expires July 31, 2021

The governor similarly extended a similar proclamation regarding utility services. Energy, water, and landline telephone companies may not disconnect or refuse reconnection of residential customers over nonpayment. Late fees may not be assessed.

The state of our Unemployment Trust Fund Account

Phone numbers for UI Claimants:

  • “Regular” claims: 800-318-6022
  • Training benefits: 877-600-7701
  • General unemployment questions: 833-572-8400
  • Debt collection unit (overpayments): 866-697-4831
  • Trade Act: 888-317-0480
  • Assistance with eServices sign-in: 855-682-0785

Phone numbers for Employers:

  • UI benefits questions: 877-504-5607
  • Web tax filing help and employer tax questions: 855-829-9243 (855-TAX-WAGE)
  • SharedWork help line: 800-752-2500
  • Work Opportunity Tax Credit: 800-669-9271

Other important phone numbers:

  • Veterans (Dept. of Veterans Affairs): 800-562-2308
  • WorkSourceWA.com sign-in assistance: 888-316-5627
  • Washington Service Corps: 888-713-6080
  • Labor market information: 360-890-3735
  • Benefit and tax fraud: 800-246-9763
  • Federal bonding program: 800-669-9271
  • Paid Family and Medical Leave: 833-717-2273