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COVID-19 unemployment insurance covers more workers

covid-19 unemployment insurance

Are you a gig worker, self-employed or work fewer hours than usually needed to qualify for unemployment? You may soon be able to apply for COVID-19 unemployment insurance payments. That’s the advice of Washington State Employment Security. The CARES Act, a part of the new federal stimulus legislation, covers many workers not usually eligible. Just signed into law the state is still translating the legislation to fit with our own rules and procedures.

Employment Security expects to be ready to accept your applications by mid-April. The fact that the system is not ready does not count against you. Benefits start on the date you are eligible, rather than the date you apply.

The best way to determine when to file is to sign up for the state COVID-19 action alert.

Of course, if you already qualify for unemployment relief under current state laws, apply now. As you may have heard, an additional $600 per week will be added to each unemployment check through July 31, 2020.


 

Kitsap Property Tax Changes

The Kitsap County Treasurer announced a temporary extension of the property tax deadline until May 31, 2020. Treasurer Meredith Green encourages every person and business to pay property taxes now if they can. Importantly, these payments support the essential and emergency services we all require. However, she acknowledged that these are unusual times. “Kitsap County will temporarily extend the property tax deadline for residential and commercial taxpayers to May 31, 2020. Continue reading

Coronavirus Stimulus Check Calculator

coronavirus stimulus checkWhile we all wait for the federal government to implement the latest stimulus package, The Washington Post provided this quick calculator to determine the size of the individual stimulus checks. Most citizens will receive a Coronavirus stimulus check. However, you do have to have filed a federal tax return for 2018 or 2019, unless you collect Social Security. The wealthy and those who are dependants on another’s tax return will not receive a check. The Post story contains more details.

 

COVID-19 criminal court information

COVID-19 Criminal Courts Information

by Michele Taylor, criminal defense attorney

You may have questions about how our criminal courts are operating during the pandemic. Both Kitsap County District Court and Kitsap County Superior Court closed for routine business in March through April 24, 2020. Below is the key COVID-19 criminal courts information for this time.

You have a bench warrant

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Co-Parenting in the time of COVID-19

Co-parenting in the time of COVID-19

by John Groseclose and Larry Lofgren

People are inquiring about visitation in this time of crisis. The question of child custody is perhaps the most emotional and difficult question courts have to decide. When parents cannot agree, often children are put in the middle. At GS Jones Law Group, we remind our clients that, not only do courts focus on what the best interest of the child is (not what’s “fair” to the parent), we genuinely care for the welfare of children.

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Coronavirus phone consultations with labor lawyer

Phone consultations with labor lawyerCall now to set up a Tuesday phone consultation with our labor lawyer! The spread of the novel Coronavirus is affecting a lot of businesses and employees. We expect that a lot of people will have questions for our employment attorney, Chalmers Johnson. As quarantine measures get stricter, coming to an office for face to face meetings is not going to be safe. Chalmers usually only meets prospective clients in person. However, during this difficult and uncertain time, he recognizes that he may be needed more than ever and has agreed to be accessible for COVID-19 related consults by phone on Tuesdays from 9 am to 4 pm. Continue reading

Ginger Johnson Featured in Kitsap Daily News

Ginger is featured in The Kitsap Daily News supplement 2019 Women in Business (page 13) as the CEO and founder of Run Amok Racing. At GSJones we rely on her for her paralegal skills. However, in addition to her work as a legal professional, the veteran runner organizes six races a year and several in our office participate. Continue reading

Hostile work environment

Hostile Work Environment or Outrage?

Do you believe that you are the victim of a Hostile Work Environment? Maybe the correct legal term is Outrage.

by Chalmers Johnson, employment attorney

The Seattle Times recently reported on a state case involving a claim of “outrage”. A man did not like the fact that his neighbor was giving piano lessons in her home. He filed a complaint to stop her and then sued.  He lost, and paid $30,000 for court costs and her legal fees. In response he parked his big truck outside of her house. He then repeatedly remote-started it, revved the engine and sounded the alarm. This tended to scare off students and interfere with her lessons. The music teacher sued and won. Continue reading