High-risk worker proclamation to be replaced by new law June 28

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On June 21, Governor Jay Inslee announced that three coron­avirus pandemic-related procla­ma­tions would be rescinded in antic­i­pa­tion of Washington state’s June 30 reopening date.

One of these procla­ma­tions, the High-Risk Worker Procla­ma­tion, will be rescinded effec­tive Monday, June 28. The procla­ma­tion, which provides protec­tions for high-risk workers, will transi­tion to the new Health Emergency Labor Standards Act (SB 5115) that was recently passed in the Legis­la­ture and supported by WSNA.

The Washington State Depart­ment of Labor & Indus­tries (L&I) produced an FAQ about what this means for workers who either need to continue staying home or need accom­mo­da­tion. The document also includes infor­ma­tion about where and how to file complaints if employers are not providing reason­able accom­mo­da­tion or are retal­i­ating against workers who need these protec­tions. Read the FAQ.