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Unemployment Compensation

For those who are laid off, Washington State law allows workers to receive unemployment compensation in the event they lose their job through no fault of their own. For details and to apply for benefit online, go to the Washington State Employment Security Department. The website also provides answers to common questions about unemployment.

In the event of a layoff, your UFCW 21 contract provides protection by setting out rules for how layoffs proceed. These rules are different depending on the specifics in each contract, but all contracts include language which ensures that any layoffs proceed fairly and equitably.

Unemployment is funded by employers through payroll taxes. Weekly unemployment benefits can help laid-off workers meet expenses until finding a new job. Again, Washington State Employment Security Department lets you apply for benefits online.

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