WSR 06-16-128

AGENDA

EMPLOYMENT SECURITY DEPARTMENT


[ Filed August 1, 2006, 4:23 p.m. ]

The following is the employment security department's semi-annual rule-making agenda for publication in the Washington State Register, pursuant to RCW 34.05.314. There may be additional rule-making activity not on the agenda as conditions warrant.

Please call Larry Oline at (360) 902-9387 or e-mail loline@esd.wa.gov, if you have questions.



Unemployment Insurance Division

Semi-Annual Rule-Making Agenda

July 31, 2006 - January 31, 2007



WAC CHAPTER SUBJECT AGENCY CONTACT TIMING SCOPE OF RULE CHANGES
Chapter 192-210 Referral unions Juanita Myers

(360) 902-9665

CR-101 - 2/02

CR-102 - 8/06

Hearing - 9/06

Adopt rules to clarify job search and availability requirements for individual members of full referral unions. Clarify requirements of unions participating in the referral union program.
Chapter 192-250 Shared work Juanita Myers

(360) 902-9665

CR-101 - 5/03

CR-102 - 7/06

Hearing - 9/06

Amend and adopt rules to modify eligibility requirements for employers and participants applying for the shared work program, clarify expectations of participating employers, address the number of consecutive plans an employer may have, and define terms.
Chapter 192-220 Overpaid unemployment benefits Juanita Myers

(360) 902-9665

CR-101 - 1/06

CR-102 - 11/06

Amend rules concerning the definition of "equity and good conscience" as that term relates to waivers of overpayments and offers in compromise. Adopt rules outlining the policies for partial waivers of overpayments. The court of appeals recently held that waivers must be made under the standard of "fairness" rather than relying primarily on the individual's financial circumstances. The court also for the first time ordered the department to consider partial waivers of overpayments.
Chapter 192-300 Employer contribution rates (SUTA dumping) Juanita Myers

(360) 902-9665

CR-101 - 5/06 Adopt rules to implement the department's request legislation following passage and signing by the governor. The intent is to ensure that employers do not evade their appropriate contribution (tax) rate.
Title 192 WAC Powers of attorney Juanita Myers

(360) 902-9665

CR-101 - 9/06 Adopt rules to clarify the responsibilities of, and limitations on, those who have a signed authorization to act on behalf of an employer or claimant.
Chapter 192-180 Job search Juanita Myers

(360) 902-9665

CR-101 - 8/06 Amend rules to provide that the denial of benefits to an individual who fails to appear for a required review of his or her job search activities shall continue until the individual appears at the interview and satisfies the department s/he is actively seeking work.
WAC 192-110-050 and 192-140-005 Late claims and failure to timely reopen claims Juanita Myers

(360) 902-9665

CR-101 - 9/06 Amend rules to clarify the difference between a claim that is timely, one that is filed late, and a claimant's failure to reopen a claim on time.
WAC 192-130-065 Mailing addresses for notices to employer Juanita Myers

(360) 902-9665

CR-101 - 10/06 Amend rule to clarify when a notice will be mailed to the employer's address of record or to the address provided by the claimant.
Title 192 WAC Technical amendments -- Expedited adoption and repeal Juanita Myers

(360) 902-9665

CR-105 - 8/06 Housekeeping changes to correct statutory references, delete outdated language, and clarify terms.
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