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Lawrence C. Locker

Litigation Attorney
Lawrence C. Locker

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Seattle WA 98104
206.676.7000
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Protection for High-Risk Workers in Washington

Governor Jay Inslee issued a proclamation on Monday, April 13, 2020, mandating specific accommodations for “high-risk” employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. The proclamation prohibits employers from denying leave requests submitted by high-risk health care providers and emergency responders, requires employers to make alternative work arrangements for high-risk employees, entitles high-risk employees to access accrued leave or unemployment benefits if alternative work arrangements are not feasible, and mandates continued health care coverage for high-risk employees during such leave. The proclamation will remain in effect until June 12, 2020, unless extended.

Please click here to read our summary of the proclamation and its likely impact on employers.

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