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Top Questions from the Unemployment Law Project

Posted by Sarterus Rowe | Jul 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

Poster for the Unemployment Law Project

The following article was published by the Unemployment Law Project.

1) I know that the job search requirement was suspended temporarily. Do I have to make three new job contacts each week now?

The suspension of the job search requirement has been extended to August 1. You still have to be able to work and available for work in order to receive benefits, but the original March 8 suspension of the job search requirement has been extended.*

2) I know that I am eligible for unemployment insurance benefits and I have been waiting for many weeks. I cannot contact anyone at the Employment Security Department. Can I file a complaint with the Washington State Insurance Commissioner?

Yes. The unemployment system is an insurance system. Taxes have already been paid into the trust fund based on your wages and hours. You can file a complaint with the Commissioner online here or call 1-800-562-6900.*

3) Because my unemployment insurance benefits have been delayed for months, I lost my car and my credit is ruined. Can I sue the Employment Security Department?

Yes. A government agency may be sued for damages caused by negligence. You can find an attorney at your local bar association like the King County Bar Association, Spokane County Bar Association or Snohomish County Bar Association. You may also find an attorney at the Washington Employment Lawyers Association directory.*

4) My state representatives aren't returning my calls. Who can I contact for help getting my unemployment claim fixed?

Contact House Speaker Laurie Jinkins, Senate Labor Committee Chair Karen Keiser, Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig, and House Labor Committee Chair Mike Sells.*

* These answers are not intended to be legal advice. For free telephonic legal advice, please contact us at (206) 441-9178 or toll free at 1(888) 441-9178.

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Sarterus Rowe

Executive Director – Sarterus Rowe Sart Rowe is a litigator, professor, techie and Social Justice Wizard leading Law for All. He is also a former Chairman of the Board for Washington Lawyers for the Arts and a current board member of the Northwest Consumer Law Center.  Sart teaches as an adjun...


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