My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: WA
My inlaw was a carpet installer with formally hired helper.
Last year, inlaw severely damaged his knee and, after several procedures, was basically decommissioned from being able to install carpet. His business is dissolved.
He is now hired by a large flooring company as expert on carpet installations. It's salaried 8-5 job. His chances of going back to carpet installation as single proprietor are pretty much none.
Come to find, helper turned in L&I claim for unemployment benefits, as laid off worker. He was never officially laif off or fired, only told "sorry, man don't think we will ever need your help again". To what he consented.
Inlaw received a formal letter from state, making him start paying unemployment benefits to helper, for 52 weeks, at rate $1000 a month.
Same time, after inlaw could not install carpet anymore and informed helper, helper did surgery on his feet. That resulted in him having doctor order to not do any extensive walking and weight lifting for approximately 4 months. this make shim incapable of continuing to work as carpet installer worker.
Of course, question is - is inlaw even supposed to pay those benefits and what is the good course of action? Right now, after him not working for 6 months and several procedures, $1000 a month is major financial impact on him.