Data & Resources

Published on May 12, 2020

Layoffs, furloughs, benefits, & employment issues

Contact: Heidi Olmstead

For many cities in Washington, COVID-19 has brought a bustling workforce at city hall to a quiet and essential murmur. As communities navigate their way back to the new normal, assess the economic damage, and contemplate difficult workforce decisions, it will be important that you and your city have relevant information on continuation of employee benefits, unemployment issues, and laws around all the different types of leave to craft a sound strategy. View this AWC webinar exploring key information to help you to work your way through the difficult decisions ahead. This webinar will keep you updated on the pandemic and how it can impact your organization.

  • How to address continuation of benefits questions and issues
  • Unemployment matters including layoffs and furloughs
  • Future potential impacts to your organization

This webinar is for human resources and labor relations directors and staff, managers and administrators, department heads and supervisors, attorneys, and elected officials in cities, counties, special purpose districts, and AWC Associate Members.

Access to the webinar recording is limited to those who solely represent the interests of management.

Contact Heidi Olmstead for the link to the webinar.


Beth Kennar, Attorney, Summit Law Group

Carol Wilmes, Director of Member Pooling Programs, AWC

Kris Bowen, Lead Policy Analyst, Policy, Data, Performance and Integrity Unit, ESD

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