PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
EMPLOYMENT SECURITY DEPARTMENT
[Filed January 3, 2019, 9:38 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Implementing the paid family and medical leave (PFML) program (Title 50A
RCW) requires substantial rule making. Consistent with agile methodology, rule making is being done in several distinct phases. This preproposal statement of inquiry begins phase 5 of the program's rule making. This phase includes, but is not limited to, overpayments, collections, job protection, and possible changes to PFML rules already promulgated.
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 PFML 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 rules.
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 68503 , phone 360-791-6710, TTY Teresa Eckstein, State EO Officer, 771  or 360-902-9354, email Rules@esd.wa.gov.
January 3, 2019
Matthew J. Buelow
Policy and Rules Manager for
Paid Family and Medical Leave