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2021 Senate Bill 5061: Concerning unemployment insurance
Introduced by Sen. Karen Keiser (Kent) (D) on January 11, 2021
Referred to the Senate Labor, Commerce & Tribal Affairs Committee on January 11, 2021
Substitute offered in the Senate on January 18, 2021
Provides unemployment insurance benefits to high risk individuals, or those who live with high risk individuals, who voluntarily quit their jobs during a public health emergency if they cannot work from home for that employer, but are able and available to work from home for other employers. • Waives the one-week waiting period and shared work benefits when paid by the federal government. • Increases the minimum weekly benefit amount from 15 percent to 20 percent of the average weekly wage. • Limits an individual's weekly benefit amount to the individual's weekly wage.
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on January 19, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. John Braun (Centralia) (R) on January 27, 2021
Modifies the increased unemployment insurance minimum weekly benefit amount to 17.5 percent of the average weekly wage from 20 percent for claims with an effective date of July 1, 2021, or later. Currently, the minimum weekly benefit amount is 15 percent of the average weekly wage.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on January 27, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Karen Keiser (Kent) (D) on January 27, 2021
Striking amendment. Provides legislative intent. Makes the provision capping the weekly benefit amount to the individual's weekly wage apply to claims with an effective date on or after January 2, 2022, or such subsequent date by ESD rule to continue eligibility of claimants in this state for federal unemployment benefits or receipt of federal funds under the CARES Act, the Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act, or other act extending such benefits or funds. Removes the provisions changing the period for calculating the experience rate taxes.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on January 27, 2021
Provides unemployment insurance benefits to high risk individuals, or those who live with high risk individuals, who voluntarily quit their jobs during a public health emergency if they cannot work from home for that employer, but are able and available to work from home for other employers. • Waives the one-week waiting period and shared work benefits when paid by the federal government. • Increases the minimum weekly benefit amount from 15 percent to 20 percent of the average weekly wage. • Limits an individual's weekly benefit amount to the individual's weekly wage. • Decreases the maximum social tax and suspends the solvency surcharge tax for five years. • Expands the period for calculating employer experience-rated taxes from four years to five years.
Received in the House on January 28, 2021
Referred to the House Unemployment Insurance committee on January 28, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Larry A. Hoff (Vancouver) (R) on January 29, 2021
Allows for deferred unemployment insurance tax payments for businesses closed or restricted in operations due to the current state of emergency or related governor orders.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on January 29, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Drew MacEwen (Union) (R) on January 29, 2021
Provides limited employer relief of unemployment insurance benefit charges for layoffs due to Governor declarations of emergency and related executive orders. Makes a $500,000,000 appropriation from the Budget Stabilization Account to the COVID-19 account for reimbursement of the relief of charges to the unemployment trust fund.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on January 29, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Brandon Vick (Camas) (R) on January 29, 2021
Provides employer relief of unemployment insurance 11 benefit charges from the week ending June 6, 2020 to the week in 12 which the governor terminates the current state of emergency, for layoffs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic or related governor orders.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on January 29, 2021
Signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on February 8, 2021

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