WSR 05-19-083

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

LABOR AND INDUSTRIES

[ Filed September 20, 2005, 9:38 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 296-125 WAC, Nonagricultural employment of minors; chapter 296-126 WAC, Standards of labor for the protection of the safety, health and welfare of employees for all occupations subject to chapter 49.12 RCW; chapter 296-128 WAC, Minimum wages; and chapter 296-131 WAC, Agricultural employment standards.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapters 49.12, 49.30, 49.46 RCW, and RCW 43.22.270.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department is incorporating nineteen administrative policies into the employment standard rules. The policies are used for interpretive guidance for the rules. By integrating the policies into rules, the employment standard rules will be easier to use, understand, and provide greater certainty and consistency without having to rely on additional documents.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: Negotiated rule making.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Sally Elliott, Department of Labor and Industries, Specialty Compliance Services Division, P.O. Box 44400, Olympia, WA 98504-4400, phone (360) 902-6411, fax (360) 902-5292, e-mail yous235@lni.wa.gov.

September 20, 2005

Gary Weeks

Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office