EMPLOYMENT SECURITY DEPARTMENT
[Filed May 13, 2020, 8:06 a.m., effective July 5, 2020]
Effective Date of Rule: July 5, 2020.
Purpose: In order to be eligible for unemployment benefits, an individual must be available for work. The amendments to WAC 192-170-010 set forth the availability requirements for claimants who are physically located outside of the United States.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 192-170-010.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 50.12.010
provide general rule-making authority to the employment security department. 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.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 19-22-081 on November 6, 2019.
A final cost-benefit analysis is available by contacting Joshua Dye, P.O. Box 9046, phone 360-890-3472, fax 844-652-7096, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/rulemaking/benefits.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: May 13, 2020.
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 10-11-046, filed 5/12/10, effective 6/12/10)
WAC 192-170-010Availability for work—RCW 50.20.010.
(1) In general, the department will consider you available for work if you:
(a) Are willing to work full-time, part-time, and accept temporary work during all of the usual hours and days of the week customary for your occupation.
(i) You are not required to be available for part-time or temporary work if it would substantially interfere with your return to your regular occupation.
(ii) The requirement to be available for full-time work does not apply under the circumstances described in WAC 192-170-050 (1)(b) or 192-170-070;
(b) Are capable of accepting and reporting for any suitable work within the labor market in which you are seeking work;
(c) Do not impose conditions that substantially reduce or limit your opportunity to return to work at the earliest possible time;
(d) Are available for work during the hours customary for your trade or occupation; and
(e) Are physically present in your normal labor market area, unless you are actively seeking and willing to accept work outside your normal labor market.
(2) You are not considered available for work if you fail or refuse to seek work as required in a directive issued by the department under WAC 192-180-010.
(3) If you are physically located outside of the United States, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands, the department will consider you available for work if you meet the requirements of subsections (1) and (2) of this section, and:
(a) You are legally authorized to work in the country in which you are physically located;
(b) You are immediately available for work in the United States; or
(c) You are a spouse or domestic partner of a member of the United States Armed Forces and you are legally authorized to work within the foreign military base where your spouse or domestic partner is stationed.