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Employer resources

Whether you need to hire employees, are facing layoffs, or have to fire someone, we have resources and information that can help you. 

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WorkSource business services | Reduction in staff | Employer information | Small business resources

WorkSource Business Services

We partner with WorkSource Business Services to provide tools and resources to employers, free of charge.  WorkSource business representatives can connect you with programs and services that are right for your business, and the business representatives at WorkSource work only with employers.  Please take time to watch this short video about WorkSource Business Services

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Reduction in staff

When there is a job separation, employees will likely apply for unemployment benefits.  An employer will then receive and be required to respond to paperwork from the Employment Security Department (ESD).  We will send you notices about benefits your employees collect or try to collect. Always review these notices carefully to make sure your account reflects the correct benefit charges and to help reduce fraud.

You can reply to these notices by mail or online using eServices.  Learn more about eServices for employers

Below are the forms you will receive, and some information about the process.

What you'll receive from us:

Claimant separation statement
Lists the reason your former employee gave for no longer working for you.  Please respond to this notice within 10 days or the department may allow benefits based on the weight of evidence.

Notice to base year employer
Summarizes the wage data you provided and shows the benefit amount for the employee named.  This must be received or postmarked within 30 days of the date your first notice was mailed

Wage verification
You will receive this form if you report wages for an employee on your tax report and there is a high probability that the employee received unemployment benefits for the same time period.

Statement of benefit charges
Lists the name and Social Security number of each employee and outlines the charges made to your account. You can receive more information regarding relief of benefit charging.

Layoff assistance
Employer information

When one of your former employees files for unemployment benefits, we will let you know.  We ask you for information that will help us make a decision to grant or deny benefits.  Your facts are important to our decision-making process. The links below detail your rights and responsibilities, and answer the common questions we receive from employers.

Information we will need from you
Find out what information we will need from you when a former employee files for unemployment benefits.

Unemployment eligibility for workers
The decision to allow or deny benefits is based on the information provided to us. Your prompt response is important, as we will consider any facts you provide in our decision process.

Disagree with claim filed?
If you disagree with the information the claimant provided to us, you must respond to the notice we send you.

Temporary layoffs and standby rules
Standby waives the job-search requirements while workers are collecting unemployment benefits during the approved standby period.

Small business resources

Find detailed information about starting, operating or closing a small business in Washington state.

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