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If you are a new or existing business here are some resources to help you out:


Business Resources:

If you would like guidance on forming or growing a business in Washington, with links to appropriate agencies and valuable resources, please visit the website.  In particular, the Employees chapter and the Payroll Your Business chapter of the Small Business Guide are incredibly useful as a reference.





  • For help with determining what you can and cannot ask in a job interview, the Washington State Human Rights Commission is available to assist at 1-800-233-3247.


Setting up required insurances:


In order to set up workers’ compensation insurance, it is necessary to update your WA state business license.  If you say YES to hiring employees in your application, workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance accounts will be automatically opened. The following steps are required as an employer in the state of WA.


  1. Update your WA state business license with the Department of Revenue/Business Licensing Service and indicate you are  going to have employee(s).  For customer service, call 1-800-451-7985.


    • Once the application and employee endorsement is processed, L&I (workers’ comp) and Employment Security Department (unemployment insurance) will open up accounts for the business in 2-4 weeks.  You will receive a packet in the mail from L&I with your account number, your rates and contact information for your L&I account manager. You will also receive the required workplace posters to hang in your workplace or available to your employees.


2. Report any employees to the Department of Social & Health Services (DSHS) New Hire Reporting Program within twenty days           of hire. Reporting new hires helps the Division of Child Support collect child support efficiently, reduces dependence on the                 State for basic needs, and saves taxpayers money. Questions about new hire reporting can contact DSHS 800-562-0479.


3. Create an Accident Prevention Program (Required!) – If you need help creating this, we have sample programs here or you can           request a FREE consultation to get you started on the right foot.


Resources for when you have employees:


  • When the time comes, file your quarterly reports online here.  The due dates you need to report by are:
    • April 30 for Quarter 1  (Hours worked from January 1 - March 31)
    • July 31 for Quarter 2  (Hours worked from April 1 - June 30)
    • October 31 for Quarter 3  (Hours worked from July 1 - September 30)
    • January 31 for Quarter 4  (Hours worked from October 1 - December 31)






Employer resources:

Whether you need to hire employees, are facing layoffs, or have to let an employee go, we have resources and information that can help you.

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WA Cares Fund

Return to work

Refusal to work

Forms and publications library

Paid Family and Medical Leave


WorkSource business services: 

WorkSource is a partnership of organizations, including the Employment Security Department, that is committed to developing a workforce with the skills your business needs.

Our business solutions professionals can help you make connections to grow and sustain your business, including:

  • Workforce planning.
  • Labor market data.
  • Online recruitment tools at
  • Staffing resources, including job fairs and hiring events.
  • Tax incentives.
  • Worker training.
  • Layoff aversion and/or assistance.

WorkSource services are free to employers thanks to careful stewardship of public funding and leveraged resources.


Small business resources:

Small business guide

Doing business in Washington

Preparing for an audit