Washington

Work from Home Guidance

On June 22, 2020, an emergency rule was filed allowing the option for collection agency workers to work from home. On October 8, 2020, the Washington Collection Agency Board extended the emergency rule regarding Branch Offices and Remote Work Duties and Security Requirements through February 17, 2021.

Prohibitions on Garnishments and Wage Executions

On April 14, 2020, Gov. Jay Inslee issued a proclamation waving and suspending the provisions of the following garnishment statutes until 11:59 PM on May 14, 2020:

  1. RCW 6.27.020(1) and (2)
  2. RCW 6.27.060
  3. RCW 6.27.070(1)
  4. RCW 6.27.080(2) and (3)
  5. RCW 6.27.110(1) and (2)
  6. RCW 6.27.120(1)
  7. RCW 6.27.130(1) and (3)
  8. RCW 4.56.110(1) and (5)

In addition, the proclamation provides a moratorium on garnishments of wages and other income to collect judgments for consumer debt. Violation of the proclamation is subject to criminal penalties. A copy of the Order is available here.