WSR 09-15-013

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

EMPLOYMENT SECURITY DEPARTMENT


[ Filed July 2, 2009, 1:42 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department will adopt and amend rules on the general subject of unemployment insurance benefits in order to update, revise, and clarify policy. This includes, but is not limited to, rules related to job separations, job search requirements, reporting requirements, training, educational employees, deductions from benefits, and the definition of terms.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 50.12.010, 50.12.040, and 50.20.010.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: In order to making rules clearer and more comprehensive and to provide more consistent, predictable, and transparent standards, the department intends to review and update its rules which relate to eligibility for and payment of unemployment benefits, and to adopt new rules which both clarify and revise existing policy.

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 unemployment insurance laws as long as conformity is maintained. The proposed regulations will be shared with USDOL prior to adoption.

Process for Developing New Rule: Proposed rules will be shared with stakeholders identified in the rule-making process, input solicited from stakeholders, and all written comments considered in the development of the final rules.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Juanita Myers, Unemployment Insurance Rules Coordinator, Employment Security Department, P.O. Box 9046, Olympia, WA 98507-9046, phone (360) 902-9665, fax (360) 902-9799, e-mail jmyers@esd.wa.gov. Please include your name, organization (if any), mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone number.

June 30, 2009

Karen T. Lee

Commissioner

Washington State Code Reviser's Office