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Dear Employee, ?[Insert personal greeting]?In order to set you up for success when filing your unemployment claim, we have worked with the Employment Security Department to provide this important information. ?Before you start—You will need Your Social Security Number Personal contact informationStart and end dates of employment for each employer for the past 18 monthsEmployer names and addresses for the past 18 months?ESD has provided a checklist that will help you prepare to file. You can download it from their Unemployment Page and is included below.?The best way for you to file your claim is online at esd..?There are at three steps everyone will need to take to file for unemployment insurance benefits:Create a Secure Access Washington Account (SAW).? This can be done online, anytime, and you’re encouraged to watch this tutorial video to help you set it up smoothly.Submit an application for unemployment benefits.? This can be done online, after you have created your SAW account and are no longer working.File your weekly claim for every week that you want to receive unemployment benefits.? This can also be done online, every Sunday after you filed your application.?You should know:When you file for unemployment, you will need to say why you separated from your employer. In this case you should choose “laid off,” since we anticipate returning to normal business sometime in the near future. Our best estimation of when you will return to work is [“insert date here” (must be 12 weeks or less from their laid off date for standby)].If you do not request standby status, unemployment usually requires that you look for work while you receive benefits. That requirement is optional now during this crisis. You’ll still be asked about your work search by ESD, but it is okay to say you haven’t looked for work. Answer truthfully.Benefits are paid after your application has been approved and after you file weekly claims. This means it could be a couple of weeks before you receive money. You can backdate your claim start date to when you were laid off. Your first check may be larger than later weekly checks. The Governor has put in place emergency measures to help you through this crisis. They are managed by other agencies and include: A temporary moratorium on evictions for rentersHelp with utilitiesCash assistance for families with and without childrenFree school lunchesWhile ESD is getting these new laws and rules implemented, please sign up for COVID-19 action alerts to be among the first to know when new information is released.ESD has received an enormous increase in calls and emails. They are ramping up hiring to help respond to those questions, but you should do your best to find an answer to questions on their website, esd.. If you need to call, expect long wait times.?[Insert personal closing] ................
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