SharedWork benefits will not affect employers’ experience rating through the week ending Sept. 4, 2021, because:

  • The federal government is fully funding those benefits through that date.
  • Gov. Inslee signed a law in February 2021: Employers will not be charged for SharedWork benefits anytime the federal government fully funds those benefits.
Can I hire new employees while on SharedWork? Yes, but the rules are changing August 31, 2021. Employer application and participant list must be submitted for approval by August 25 before the changes apply.

Apply for the SharedWork Program

The SharedWork application is easy and takes only about 10 minutes to complete, depending on the number of employees you want on your plan. Apply online, by electronic upload or fax.

Before you apply

You will need this information to complete the application:

  • ESD number
  • Business name, including the “doing business as” name, if applicable
  • Mailing address, including county and any other operating locations
  • The name and contact information of one or more employees to manage your plan as the representative. Your representative will coordinate with SharedWork staff and with your participating employees.
  • Total number of participating employees
  • List of employees, identified with:
    • Legal first and last name
    • Social Security number
    • Hire date
    • Hourly rate of pay
    • Weekly work hours
  • Total estimate of jobs saved by using SharedWork
  • Company’s union affiliation and representative’s signature, when applicable
  • Final signature. In order to complete the application, an authorized person (owner, general manager, chief financial officer, human resources manager, etc.) of your company must certify and sign.


Apply online

  1. Go to the Employment Security eServices sign-in page. Use your current SecureAccess Washington (SAW) account or select Create new account. (Employers can complete many tasks through eServices. See About eServices for employers.)
  2. Confirm the computer or mobile device you’re using by entering your telephone number and email address, then selecting and answering three challenge questions
  3. Select Apply for SharedWork
  4. If you’re applying on your own behalf: Once you’re inside the eServices unemployment benefits system, select Apply for SharedWork under I want to

If you’re an employer representative, applying on behalf of an employer:

  1. Select a client
  2. Select Apply for SharedWork under I want to

Apply by electronic upload or fax

  1. Download the Employer plan application (pdf). If you need more space to add employee names, download the Additional employee list pages (pdf)
  2. Upload all documents directly to the SharedWork Unit, or Fax to 800-701-7754

Remember to: 

  • Include your company’s name in the file name
  • Sign and date all forms
  • Obtain the signature for the collective bargaining agent, if applicable


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