PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
EMPLOYMENT SECURITY DEPARTMENT
[Filed March 14, 2019, 10:26 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Setting requirements for when claimants are eligible for unemployment benefits while physically located outside of the United States.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 50.12.010
provide general rule-making authority to the employment security department (ESD). RCW 50.12.042
provide specific rule-making authority regarding the requirement that unemployment claimants register for work, be able to work, be available for work, and actively seek work.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The commissioner has issued a precedential decision (In re McConnell, Empl. Sec. Comm'r Dec.2d 1005 (2016)) that holds that claimants can still be eligible for unemployment benefits even when they are physically located outside of the United States. Rule making is needed to set clear standards for when claimants are or are not eligible for unemployment benefits while physically located in another country.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The United States Department of Labor (USDOL) reviews the state's administration of the unemployment insurance program to ensure conformity to federal statutes and regulations. The state has broad flexibility in the implementation of the unemployment insurance laws so long as conformity is maintained. The proposed regulations will be shared with USDOL prior to adoption.
Process for Developing New Rule: The proposed rule will be shared with stakeholders as identified through the standard rule-making process. ESD will solicit input and consider all comments in the development of the final rule.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Scott E. Michael, P.O. Box 9046, phone 360-902-9587, fax 360-902-9662, TTY relay 711, email firstname.lastname@example.org, web site https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/rulemaking/benefits.
March 14, 2019