WSR 18-09-037
[Filed April 12, 2018, 9:07 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Implementing the paid family and medical leave program (Title 50A RCW) requires substantial rule making. Consistent with Agile methodology, rule making is being done is [in] several distinct phases. This preproposal statement of inquiry begins phase 2 of the program's rule making. This phase includes, but is not limited to, employer responsibilities, penalties, small business grants, and other topics related to establishing the program.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 50A.04.215.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Being a new state entitlement, the paid family and medical leave program needs clear and usable guidance for the public regarding program operations. These rules will contribute to that guidance.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: No federal agencies and no other state agencies regulate this program as it is a new state entitlement with authority granted solely to the employment security department.
Process for Developing New Rule: The draft rules will be shared with the public, stakeholders, and the program's advisory committee. The department will solicit input from all involved parties 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 Christina Streuli, 640 Woodland Square Loop S.E., Lacey, WA 98503, phone 360-791-6710, TTY Teresa Eckstein, State EO Officer, 771 [711] or 360-902-9354, email, web site
April 12, 2018
Dale Peinecke