WSR 05-18-078



[ Filed September 7, 2005, 9:33 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Exempt from preproposal statement of inquiry under RCW 34.05.310(4).

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 357-28-320 Must the employer develop written criteria for relocation?

Hearing Location(s): Department of Personnel, Classroom #4, 600 South Franklin, Olympia, WA, on October 13, 2005, at 10:00 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: October 13, 2005.

Submit Written Comments to: Sharon Whitehead, Department of Personnel, P.O. Box 47500, fax (360) 586-4694 (FOR DOP TRACKING PURPOSES PLEASE NOTE ON SUBMITTED COMMENTS "FORMAL COMMENT"), by October 7, 2005.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Department of Personnel by October 7, 2005, TTY (360) 753-4107 or (360) 586-8260.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: This new section adds the requirement for employers to develop written criteria for relocation compensation for Washington general service employees.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapter 41.06 RCW.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 41.06.150.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Agency Comments or Recommendations, if any, as to Statutory Language, Implementation, Enforcement, and Fiscal Matters: The requirement for written criteria was in the previous merit system/personnel rule on this topic but was omitted when the new rules were written. This adds it back in. This new rule brings is [it] in line with the requirement for Washington management service employees.

Name of Proponent: Department of Personnel, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Sandi Stewart, 521 Capitol Way South, Olympia, WA, (360) 664-6324; Implementation and Enforcement: Department of Personnel.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. Not required.

A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328.

September 6, 2005

Eva N. Santos


WAC 357-28-320   Must the employer develop written criteria for relocation compensation?   An employer must develop written criteria prior to authorizing lump sum relocation compensation. The criteria must include:

(1) A description of the circumstances for which relocation compensation will be granted; and

(2) The method that will be used to determine the amount of relocation compensation.


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