Legislature passes Stanford bill to extend unemployment during pandemic

OLYMPIA – Washingtonians will have greater access to extended unemployment benefits during times of high unemployment, under a bill that passed the House today and is headed to the governor’s desk. “This bill helps the workers who are suffering most from the pandemic recession,” said Sen. Derek Stanford (D-Bothell), the bill’s sponsor. “It removes red tape to unlock access to the full amount of benefits for people who have been kept out of work for extended periods.” SB 5425, which passed the House today on a vote of 94-4, will create more flexibility in our state unemployment insurance program and ensure we conform with federal law. During periods of high unemployment, the state can trigger the Extended Benefits Program, funded jointly ...

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