Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

The Coronavirus and Employment

April 2020 Bar Bulletin

By Carolyn Ladd

The COVID-19 outbreak has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Governor Jay Inslee has closed restaurants (except for take-out), bars, and schools in an effort to stop the spread of the virus.1 Some employees are at home because they are sick, caring for family members who are sick, or are being quarantined. All of this tumult raises a very important question for workers: if they cannot work for a reason related to the COVID-19 pandemic, when does the law require that they be paid?

Washington State Paid Family & Medical Leave

Washington State’s new Paid Family & Medical Leave Act2 started paying benefits...

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