Join the Unemployment Law Project’s WEEKLY webinar to find out the latest about how the pandemic is affecting unemployment benefits. The free webinar will answer viewer questions and takes place every Monday at 12:00pm PST. For more information and to register, click HERE.
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.
In light of COVID-19, Thomson-Reuters is offering free Westlaw Edge access to KCLL patrons for a limited time. While you will need to register, there is no commitment and no credit card is required. Here’s how to get started:
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One of the silver linings of these uncertain times is that they can cause us to think about things that all should – but often don’t. No one LIKES to think about unpleasant outcomes or unforeseen changes in life circumstances, but just a little planning can make such possibilities much easier for those around us. This Above The Law article gives you a brief, but solid review of three documents that we should all have in place before we need them.
For more information about Washington State’s response to the COVID-19 situation, including current COVID-19 infection statistics, information about travel, and information for businesses and works, visit the State’s official COVID-19 response site here.
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Until further notice, the King County Family Law Information Centers in both Seattle and Kent are suspending walk-in hours and will be assisting people by phone only at the following numbers from 8:30 am to 12:00 noon:
For Kent cases call: 206-477-2781
For Seattle cases call: 206-477-2553
On Monday, February 12, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a new ordinance that will significantly restrict residential evictions during the winter. Council Bill 119726, if signed by the Mayor or allowed to pass into law without her signature, will prohibit Seattle landlords from evicting low- and moderate-income tenants for unpaid rent between December 1 and March 1. The unanimous vote was only possible after amendments were added to reduce the time period, to exempt landlords managing four or fewer housing units and to restrict the scope to low- and moderate-income tenants.
Read the full text of CB 119726 here.
When or if CB 119726 becomes effective depends on whether or not Mayor Durkan chooses to veto it and is governed by SMC 1.04.020.
The QLaw Foundation of Washington is sponsoring a new, free, full-representation legal clinic called Family Matters to help LGBTQ families get legal orders affirming their legal parental relationships to the children they are raising.
Assistance will be provided by both attorneys and social workers and will vary in length depending on the family’s needs. LGBTQ families living anywhere in King County are eligible to apply. All services provided by Family Matters are free of charge.
To request help, you can complete the online registration form here or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating your family would like help from the Family Matters clinic.
According to a recent article in Crosscut – Legislators passed eviction protections. Washington landlords found loopholes — a new provision in the recently-revised Residential Landlord-Tenant Act may prove to be a scary prospect for month-to-month tenants.
RCW 59.18.410(3)(d) states:
“A tenant who has been served with three or more notices to pay or vacate for failure to pay rent as set forth in RCW 59.12.040 within twelve months prior to the notice to pay or vacate upon which the proceeding is based may not seek relief under this subsection (3).”
On its face, this subsection would appear to undo many of the new tenant protections put in place by the Washington Legislature. Crosscut asserts that landlords across the state have started serving pay-or-vacate notices the day after rent becomes due, often in situations where tenants have been accustomed to a short grace period. That grace period can be important for low-income tenants relying on the arrival of Social Security or other social services’ payments. Tenants who receive three such notices in a 12-month period, regardless of having made their rent payments, would not be able to take advantage of the other protections provided in RCW 59.18.410(3).
The text of ESSB 5600, as signed by the Governor, is here.