If your household qualifies, the Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service. Qualified households on tribal lands will receive up to $75 per month. Your household can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 towards the purchase of a laptop, desktop computer or tablet.
To learn more and to apply, visit the FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit web site here.
MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, are online courses in a variety of disciplines, including the law, which anyone with a computer and an Internet connection can attend. They are free and often less structured than traditional in-person courses. Both of our local public library systems, Seattle Public Library and the King County Library System, offer access to many prominent MOOC providers.
For more information about MOOCs aimed at lawyers or others interested in the law, see this excellent article from the Harris County Law Library.
While not MOOCs, KCLL does offer a variety of video training segments as well. Check them out here!
Significant changes were made to our State’s nonparental custody laws in 2020. The new laws were set to take effect after December 31, 2020 but the King County Superior Court Clerk’s office has recently learned that the implementation of these new laws has been postponed. For more details about how this impacts nonparental custody procedures in King County, read the Clerk’s announcement here.
Both King County Library System and Seattle Public Library are offering curb-side printing pick-ups at select branches for registered users. If you can’t print from home, take advantage of these COVID-19 work-around services.
The Washington State Superior Court Judges’ Association (SCJA) work group in partnership with the state Office of Civil Legal Aid has created a new eviction resolution program to assist both tenants and landlords with resolving eviction and housing issues when our State’s eviction moratorium is lifted.
Six superior courts in Clark, King, Pierce, Snohomish, Spokane, and Thurston counties are piloting the program beginning this week. Hopefully, the chance for both landlords and tenants to meet with the help of a free, neutral mediator will reduce the number of regular evictions filed in these counties.
For more information, see the program’s web site here.
Washington State’s 24th Annual Biz Fair is going virtual. Current and aspiring small business owners in Washington State are encouraged to attend this all-day online event to learn about all aspects of small business management, including human resources best practices, packaging and pricing services, selling online and the basics of contracts and leases.
Among the many speakers at the event, Jay Lyman, one of the business information experts from Seattle Public Library, will discuss how to use the many free databases available from public libraries to gather data to help you make informed decisions about business planning, marketing, site location and market analysis.
For more information, visit the Biz Fair site and/or reach out via email to email@example.com or simply call 206-235-8249.
The Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a network of business development experts working in communities across Washington State to help entrepreneurs or small business owners start, grow or buy/sell a business.
SBDC offers a variety of free e-Learning business development webinars covering such topics as business planning, financial management, marketing basics and business growth. Many are geared toward providing COVID-19 support and strategy information. Access is free and unlimited so you can attend as many e-Learning sessions as you need.
The Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families is looking for help in identifying youth who will age out of or have aged out of Extended Foster Care at age 21, between March 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020. The Department of Commerce: Office of Homeless Youth is seeking to distribute stipends to these young people in an effort to support housing stability. Eligible youth will receive one check for every month they have been out of foster care through October. They will then receive one check per month, including the month of Dec. 2020. There is a possibility that all eligible youth will receive an additional check at the end of this period to ensure that all funds have been allocated.
If you currently work or have worked with a young adult that meets these qualifications, please reach out to them directly and assist them in applying.
To apply, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the youth’s name, address and contact information before Nov. 13, 2020. If you do not have access to email, please call Sherrie Flores at 360-489-5280.
Beginning Monday, Oct. 5, anyone seeking a civil protection order will need to use the King County Superior Court Clerk’s new Virtual Civil Protection Order Office. They will be able to submit their protection order petitions, have them reviewed by the Clerk via live conversation and receive real-time customer service. The site also has useful information explaining the difference between protection orders, no-contact orders and restraining orders. The new site can help someone file for the following protection orders:
- Domestic Violence
- Extreme Risk
- Sexual Assault
- Vulnerable Adult
On Thursday, May 7 from 10AM to 12:30PM (PST) speakers from the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), and Employment and Training Administration’s Office of Unemployment Insurance will provide information about changes and updates to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The content is aimed at both employers and employees. This webinar is sponsored by WorkForceGPS. Attendees who do not already have a WorkForceGPS account are required to create one before registering.