L&I closures due to state furloughs in July

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washington state department of labor and industries - safety and health

Governor Jay Inslee has directed all cabinet agencies in Washington to take furlough days as a result of the state budget shortfall related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting this week, many L&I employees will go on furlough one day per week through July 25 and will not be able to answer phone calls or emails.

L&I’s Tumwater and field office locations will be closed on the following furlough days:

  • Thurs., July 2 (we’ll also be closed Fri., July 3 to observe Independence Day).
  • Fri., July 10.
  • Fri., July 17.
  • Fri., July 24.

Many employees also must take a furlough day once a month from August to November. Specific dates have not been determined.

We remain committed to keeping Washington safe and working, and our services vital to public health and safety – DOSH, Electrical Inspections, workers’ compensation benefits – remain operational during furlough days.

We appreciate your patience and partnership during these challenging times.



Anne F. Soiza
L&I Assistant Director,
WA State Department of Labor and Industries
Division of Occupational Safety and Health (WA-OSHA)
Chair, National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health

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