WSR 08-09-115

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

LABOR AND INDUSTRIES

[ Filed April 22, 2008, 7:27 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Industrial insurance, chapter 296-14 WAC, Wages -- Employer-provided health care benefits.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 51.04.020, 51.08.178 and chapter 297, Laws of 2007 (SHB 1244).

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The proposed rule making will assist in the implementation of chapter 297, Laws of 2007 (SHB 1244). The proposed rule making will amend existing rules that conflict with the law and may include new rules that clarify when the employer's contribution for health care benefits is included in the worker's monthly wage.

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

Process for Developing New Rule: Parties interested in the development of these rules may contact the individual listed below. Interested parties may also participate during the public comment period by submitting written comments or giving oral testimony at the public hearing.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Department of Labor and Industries, Valerie Grimm, P.O. Box 44208, Olympia, WA 98504-4208, phone (360) 902-5005, fax (360) 902-4960, e-mail colb235@lni.wa.gov.

April 22, 2008

Judy Schurke

Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office