HR and Business Requirements

Local Human Resources and Business Requirements

Governor Inslee Revises Phase 2 Requirements for Out-of-State Construction Workers: Any worker performing construction craft work in Washington from any state that is not contiguous to Washington must self-quarantine for 14 days to become eligible to work on a job site in Washington. As an alternative to the quarantine provisions of this section, any worker performing construction craft work entering the state from a non-contiguous state, shall be considered eligible for work upon receipt of negative test results for COVID-19 administered within Washington State. If the individual leaves WA and returns to perform additional work, they must be retested and receive another negative result before resuming work."

A Guide to Creating a Return to Work Action Plan

Who is still allowed to work?

High Risk Workers

Department of Labor (DOL)

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: On March 26, the U.S. Department of Labor issued additional guidance explaining paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA):

Washington State Department of Health (DOH) 

Employment Security Department

  • Chart on what benefits may be available to employees might be helpful for your HR Departments: ESD Information

King County Public Health 

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Washington State Labor and Industries (L&I)

  • L&I is now offering a grace period for premium payments, along with payment plans for employers facing financial difficulties during the pandemic. Under this new offer, employers can request for their payment to be deferred for up to 90 days, or can ask for a 90-day payment plan. Either way, the delayed payments will be penalty- and interest-free. The agency wants to make sure businesses know about and consider taking advantage of this Employer Assistance Program.
  • Washington L&I Hazard Alert with good information on best practices in the workplace can be printed and posted.  COVID-19 should be a talking point at every safety meeting on-site.  There are spanish versions of some of the workplace notices and posters.
  • You will also find: hazard alert resources.
  • Working from home?  L&I Safety and Health Fact Sheet for Teleworkers.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

  • The EEOC allows employers to take temperatures, assess for symptoms of COVID-19 and ask about COVID-19 medical issues that they might not be able to in normal times. Results are still considered “medical records” and should have privacy protections.  See EEOC website for more details.

Other Misc Resources

Essential Work Templates
Although law enforcement is not currently requiring workers to carry proof that they're commuting to/from essential construction work we created a letter template for your employees to use when traveling to and from work. You may modify this template to fit your own letterhead. If you do not have .PDF editing software you can simply copy the text from the letter, into your own document:

We know that the Governor's Order raises many questions, and we're working with industry partners and trade unions to clarify how the Order applies to the industry.  Please direct questions to Andy Kaplowitz, Vice President of Government Affairs.


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