Inslee issues directive to ensure continuity of benefits for school staff
Olympia, WA (STL.News) Gov. Jay Inslee today issued a directive to the Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) to issue an emergency rule regarding continuity of pension benefits for school district employees continuing to experience work disruptions as a result of remote learning.
Benefit continuity is critical to employees’ eligibility for assistance through Shared Work operated by the Employment Security Department, a tool used to retain employees who are necessary for schools to reopen as students resume in-person education. This order also directs Employment Security to include DRS’ forthcoming emergency rule in their evaluation of eligibility for the Shared Work Program.
The directive is effective immediately.