EMPLOYMENT SECURITY DEPARTMENT
[Filed November 21, 2019, 10:05 a.m.]
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 19-20-053.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 192-04-180 Decisions—Disposition other than by hearing on the merits—Petition for review; and new WAC 192-04-185 Orders of default—Motion to vacate—Petition for review.
Hearing Location(s): On January 10, 2020, at 9:00 a.m., at the Employment Security Department (ESD), 212 Maple Park Avenue, Commissioner's Conference Room, Olympia, WA 98501.
Date of Intended Adoption: January 17, 2020.
Submit Written Comments to: Joshua Dye, P.O. Box 9046, Olympia, WA 98507-9046, email firstname.lastname@example.org, fax 844-652-7096, by January 9, 2020.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Teresa Eckstein, phone 360-507-9890, fax 360-586-4600, TTY relay 711, email email@example.com, by January 2, 2020.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: To permit appellants who have received an order of default to file a motion to vacate the order of default directly with the office of administrative hearings (OAH).
Reasons Supporting Proposal: Giving appellants who received an order of default the option to file a motion to vacate the order of default directly with OAH will allow for more timely review of orders of default, which, if the order of default is vacated, will also lead to more timely resolution of the merits of the underlying appeal.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 50.12.010
provide general rule-making authority to the ESD. RCW 50.32.060
provides authority for rule making for hearings and appeals. RCW 34.05.440
provides rule-making authority for establishing time limits for filing motions to vacate default orders.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: ESD, OAH, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Scott Michael, Olympia, 360-890-3448; Implementation: Donald Capp, Olympia, 360-407-2713; and Enforcement: Don Westfall, Lacey, 360-507-9709.
A school district fiscal impact statement is not required under RCW 28A.305.135
A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328
. The proposed rules are "procedural rules" and not "significant legislative rules," as those terms are defined in RCW 34.05.328
This rule proposal, or portions of the proposal, is exempt from requirements of the Regulatory Fairness Act because the proposal:
Is exempt under RCW 19.85.025
(3) as the rules adopt, amend, or repeal a procedure, practice, or requirement relating to agency hearings; or a filing or related process requirement for applying to an agency for a license or permit.
November 21, 2019
Employment Security Policy Director
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 89-24-030, filed 11/30/89, effective 1/1/90)
WAC 192-04-180Decisions—Disposition other than by hearing on the merits—Petition for review.
(1) The presiding administrative law judge may dispose of any appeal or petition for hearing ((by))through:
(a) An order approving a withdrawal of appeal((,));
(b) An order approving a withdrawal of a petition for hearing((,));
(c) A consent order; or
(d) An order of default.
(2) There shall be no petition for review rights from:
(a) An order approving a withdrawal of appeal((,));
(b) An order approving a withdrawal of a petition for hearing; or
(c) A consent order.
((Any interested party aggrieved by the entry of an order of default may file a petition for review from such order by complying with the filing requirements set forth in WAC 192-04-170: Provided, however, That the default of such party shall be set aside by the commissioner only upon a showing of good cause for failure to appear or to request a postponement prior to the scheduled time for hearing. In the event such order of default is set aside, the commissioner shall remand the matter to the office of administrative hearings for hearing and decision.))
WAC 192-04-185Orders of default—Motion to vacate—Petition for review.
(1) Any interested party aggrieved by the entry of an order of default may:
(a) File a motion to vacate that order with the office of administrative hearings within seven days of the date of the order; or
(b) File a petition for review with the commissioner pursuant to the filing requirements in WAC 192-04-170. Once a petition for review is filed, the office of administrative hearings no longer has jurisdiction to vacate its order of default.
(2) The filing of a motion to vacate an order of default suspends the appeal period for filing a timely petition for review until the office of administrative hearings rules on the motion to vacate. If the motion to vacate is denied, the petitioner shall have thirty days from the issuance of denial in which to file a timely petition for review of the order of default.
(3) Under subsection (1)(b) of this section, an order of default will be set aside by the commissioner's review office only upon a showing of good cause for failure to appear or to request a postponement prior to the scheduled time for hearing. If that order of default is set aside, the commissioner will remand the matter to the office of administrative hearings for hearing and decision.