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Doing Business
In Washington
State

Hire Employees

If you are ... Then you must ...   starting a business and hiring an employee
  1. register with the state to be an employer

AND
 

  1. report each new employee to DSHS
    (requires an Employer Identification Number)

  an out of state business hiring your first employee in Washington

  1. register with the state to be an employer

AND
 

  1. report each new employee to DSHS
    (requires an Employer Identification Number)

  an established business, hiring your first employee

  1. file a new master business application to add employees

AND
 

  1. report each new employee to DSHS
    (requires an Employer Identification Number)

  an in-state or out-of-state business hiring additional employees in Washington

  1. report each new employee to DSHS
    (requires an Employer Identification Number)

 

Workers' compensation and unemployment insurance

Once you've registered with the state to be an employer, you will automatically be registered for

  1. workers' compensation at the Department of Labor and Industries
    AND
  2. unemployment insurance at the Employment Security Department

Next steps

Learn about managing employees

 
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