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Expanded Unemployment - 4 Key Steps - The Impact: Road to Recovery

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Published on Apr 14, 2020

Host Mike McClanahan and Employment Security Dept. Commissioner Suzi LeVine discuss the steps people must take to receive financial help due to the COVID-19 situation.

Expanded unemployment insurance covers a broad class of workers. It even covers many workers formerly ineligible for traditional unemployment insurance. Furthermore, workers affected by COVID-19 may receive an additional $600 weekly benefit.

Watch the full interview for all of the details, or click ahead to the relevant question:

1:20 - Overview of expanded unemployment benefits
2:19 - Important preparations for applicants
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4:22 - How soon can applicants expect their first check?
4:35 - Is there anything different about the expanded unemployment process vs. the traditional process?
7:01 - What are "standby" and "shared work"?
9:42 - Hair stylist scenario
10:54 - Self-employment and gig worker scenarios
12:16 - Construction worker scenario
13:16 - Restaurant worker scenario
14:56 - What can businesses do when there is not enough work to employ staff?
16:41 - Is there enough staff to process these unemployment applications?
21:46 - How long does wage verification take?
23:05 - How does Employment Security Department fit into the Washington's response to COVID-19?
25:08 - What are other ways in which government is responding to COVID-19?

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