LABOR AND INDUSTRIES
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 12-17-122.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: Apprenticeship rules, chapter 296-05 WAC.
Hearing Location(s): Spokane Community College, Apprenticeship and Journeyman Training Center, 2110 North Fancher, Spokane, WA 99212, on December 5, 2012, at 9:00 a.m.; and at the Department of Labor and Industries, 7273 Linderson Way S.W., Room S119, Tumwater, WA 98501, on December 6, 2012, at 1:00 p.m.
Date of Intended Adoption: January 22, 2013.
Submit Written Comments to: Sally Elliott, P.O. Box 44400, Olympia, WA 98504-4400, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, fax (360) 902-5292, by 5 p.m. on December 6, 2012.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Sally Elliott by November 23, 2012, at email@example.com or (360) 902-6411.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The apprenticeship program needs to proceed with rule making in response to chapter 308, Laws of 2011 (SB 5584) and chapter 21, Laws of 2011 (E2SHB 1371).
The rule making will:
|•||Adopt an appeal process to comply with a new director's review for council decisions involving federal purposes.|
|•||Amend language that designates the department, rather than the Washington state apprenticeship and training council, as the rule-making authority for apprenticeship.|
|•||Amend language for consistency and to align the language with the new statutory requirements.|
|•||Amend language to allow the director, rather than the governor, to appoint public members to the council.|
Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapter 49.04 RCW, chapter 308, Laws of 2011 (SB 5584) and chapter 21, Laws of 2011 (E2SHB 1371).
Statute Being Implemented: Chapter 49.04 RCW, chapter 308, Laws of 2011 (SB 5584) and chapter 21, Laws of 2011 (E2SHB 1371).
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: Department of labor and industries, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Jose Rodriguez, Tumwater, Washington, (360) 902-6348.
No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. The proposed rule changes clarify language of the current rule without changing its effect and the contents of some changes are explicitly and specifically dictated by statute. Therefore, the department is exempt from conducting [a] small business economic impact statement under RCW 19.85.025(3) referencing RCW 34.05.310 (4)(c),(d) and (e).
A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. The proposed rule changes clarify language of the current rule without changing its effect and the contents of some changes are explicitly and specifically dictated by statute. Therefore, the department is exempt from conducting a cost-benefit analysis under RCW 34.05.328 (5)(b)(iii).
October 23, 2012
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 11-11-002, filed 5/4/11, effective 7/25/11)
WAC 296-05-001 Purpose, scope, and authority. (1) The Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Act (chapter 49.04 RCW) establishes the Washington state apprenticeship and training council (WSATC) as regulatory and designates as its administrative arm the apprenticeship section of the department of labor and industries. The WSATC, acting in compliance with chapter 49.04 RCW and in harmony with 29 C.F.R. Part 29 and 29 C.F.R. Part 30, has adopted these rules to:
(a) Establish operating procedures for the WSATC;
(b) Establish standards for apprenticeship programs;
(c) Implement the intent and purpose of the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Act;
(d) Perform other duties directed by the statute;
(e) Promote labor standards and the registration of approved programs to protect the welfare of the apprentice; and
(f) Encourage the establishment of apprenticeship
programs and ((
(2) These rules are necessary to:
(a) Strengthen apprenticeship and training in the state of Washington;
(b) Facilitate approval and registration of apprenticeship and training programs;
(c) Explain factors related to apprenticeship and training in Washington state and federal laws;
(d) Establish procedures for presenting matters to the WSATC;
(e) Govern the WSATC's operation and ability to carry out its statutory obligations;
(f) Establish a specific procedure to resolve an impasse if a tie vote occurs on the WSATC; and
(g) Regulate registered apprenticeship and training programs.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 49.04 RCW and RCW 19.285.040. 11-11-002, § 296-05-001, filed 5/4/11, effective 7/25/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 49.04.010, 2001 c 204, and chapter 49.04 RCW. 01-22-055, § 296-05-001, filed 10/31/01, effective 1/17/02.]
(a) Seeks the cooperation and assistance of all interested persons, organizations, and agencies affected by its rules.
(b) Promotes the operation of apprenticeship programs to satisfy the needs of employers and employees for high quality training.
(c) Recognizes that rapid economic and technological changes require that workers must be trained to meet the demands of a changing marketplace.
(d) Recognizes employers will benefit if graduates of state approved apprenticeship programs are skilled workers trained to industry wide standards rather than the exclusive standards of an individual employer or group of employers.
(e) Acknowledges that approved apprenticeship programs should be organized and administered to assure the maximum protection of apprentices' rights.
(f) Recognizes that the number of apprentices in an occupation or group of occupations in any geographic area must be sufficient to meet the needs of all employers.
(g) Promotes comprehensive training and a variety of work experiences relevant to the occupations and seeks to assure that during the approval process all apprenticeship standards are open to employers on an equal and nondiscriminatory basis.
(h) Recognizes that quality training, equal treatment of apprentices, and efficient delivery of apprenticeship training are best provided by registered apprenticeship programs.
(2) All amendments to this chapter must be developed and adopted according to the provisions of chapter 49.04 RCW, Apprenticeship Act; chapter 34.05 RCW, Administrative Procedure Act; and Executive Order 97-02. All proposed amendments to these rules must be approved by a two-thirds majority vote of regular WSATC members before they are published for public hearing. All WSATC members, the apprenticeship supervisor, committees and any other interested parties must be promptly notified, in writing, of any proposed rule amendments, public hearings on proposed rule amendments and new rule adoptions.
(3) The specific procedure(s) and form(s) for petitions requesting the making, amendment, or repeal of a rule are in chapter 34.05 RCW, as are the specific procedure and form for requesting declaratory rulings.
(4) Such petitions and requests must be addressed to:
The Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council
Attention: Supervisor of Apprenticeship and Training
Department of Labor and Industries
Post Office Box 44530
Olympia, Washington 98504-4530
Or e-mail address: apprentice@LNI.wa.gov
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 49.04 RCW and RCW 19.285.040. 11-11-002, § 296-05-005, filed 5/4/11, effective 7/25/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 49.04.010, 2001 c 204, and chapter 49.04 RCW. 01-22-055, § 296-05-005, filed 10/31/01, effective 1/17/02.]
If the initial adjudication is before the WSATC, the WSATC will enter a final order. If the initial adjudication has been held at the office of administrative hearings, the administrative hearings judge shall issue an initial order. The WSATC, upon review of the initial order shall enter the final order. An initial order shall become final without further WSATC action five business days after the next regular quarterly meeting unless:
(1) The WSATC upon its own motion determines that the initial order should be reviewed; or
(2) A party to the proceedings files a petition for review of the initial order.
The WSATC, upon review of the initial order shall enter the final order. The WSATC may appoint a person to review the initial order and prepare and enter the final WSATC order.
(3) Final WSATC orders or decisions affecting registration and oversight of apprenticeship programs and agreements for federal purposes may be appealed within thirty calendar days to the director of the department pursuant to the following:
(a) An appellant must file with the director an original and four copies of the notice of appeal.
(i) The notice of appeal must specify findings and conclusions at issue in the appeal.
(ii) The director or designee shall serve notice of receipt of the appeal, including copies of the appeal on all parties within five business days from date of receipt.
(iii) The respondent parties may file with the director or designee written arguments within thirty calendar days after the date the notice of receipt of appeal was served upon them.
(b) The director or designee shall review the record in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act, chapter 34.05 RCW. The director or designee shall issue a final decision affirming, modifying, or reversing the WSATC final order or decision or may remand the matter to the WSATC for further proceedings.
(c) Any aggrieved party may appeal the final decision to superior court pursuant to chapter 34.05 RCW. If no party appeals within the period set by RCW 34.05.542, the director's decision is final and binding on all parties.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 49.04 RCW and RCW 19.285.040. 11-11-002, § 296-05-007, filed 5/4/11, effective 7/25/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 49.04.010. 04-10-032, § 296-05-007, filed 4/28/04, effective 6/1/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 49.04.010 and 2001 c 204 (SHB 1234). 02-10-083, § 296-05-007, filed 4/29/02, effective 6/1/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 49.04.010, 2001 c 204, and chapter 49.04 RCW. 01-22-055, § 296-05-007, filed 10/31/01, effective 1/17/02.]
(2) The ((
governor shall appoint, subject to confirmation
by the senate, a voting)) director of labor and industries
shall also appoint a public member to the apprenticeship
council for a three-year term.
(3) The WSATC may also include ex officio members. These members have the right to participate in the discussion of any matter before the council but they may not vote.
(4) An appointed member shall remain on the council until replaced by a qualified successor. When a vacancy does occur, it shall be filled for the remaining portion of the vacated term.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 49.04.010, 2001 c 204, and chapter 49.04 RCW. 01-22-055, § 296-05-100, filed 10/31/01, effective 1/17/02.]
(a) Perform the duties listed in RCW 49.04.030;
(b) Register all apprenticeship agreements that comply with the rules in this chapter;
(c) Review apprenticeship programs and recommend cancellation of any committee program, or plant program previously registered which is not operated in conformity with its apprenticeship standards; and
(d) Receive all documents concerning apprenticeship or training agreements (including revisions to) or any other matters affecting apprenticeship or training.
All written correspondence to the supervisor should be addressed to:
Supervisor of Apprenticeship and Training
Department of Labor and Industries
P.O. Box 44530
Olympia, Washington 98504-4530
(2) The supervisor and the supervisor's staff:
(a) May be consulted on any matters concerning apprenticeship and training and will provide on request, any information concerning apprenticeship and training available to them.
(b) Will conduct systematic reviews of the operation of
all programs and investigate any discrepancies between the
actual and required operations of any program. The supervisor
will notify the noncompliant ((
committee)) program sponsor of
(c) May recommend sanctions including cancellation of a program not in compliance with its approved program standards.
(d) Assists in the resolution of any complaints against
committees or other organizations administering apprenticeship
which have been)) filed with the WSATC by
apprentice(s) who have completed his/her initial probationary
(e) Must investigate any discrepancies of all complaints as specified in WAC 296-05-009.
(f) Conducts compliance reviews as specified in WAC 296-05-011.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 49.04.010, 2001 c 204, and chapter 49.04 RCW. 01-22-055, § 296-05-107, filed 10/31/01, effective 1/17/02.]
(2) All council members appointed by ((
director (( or the governor)) are voting members of the
council. Ex officio members may not vote on any issue.
(3) To resolve tie votes, the chair shall establish a standing tie-breaker committee. The committee shall be comprised of an employer representative, an employee representative, and the public member on the WSATC. In case of a tie vote on any proposed standards brought before the WSATC, the tie-breaker committee shall meet or confer, review the record, and render a decision within thirty calendar days. The supervisor or a designee of the supervisor shall act as secretary to the committee and furnish all information necessary for a decision.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 49.04 RCW and RCW 19.285.040. 11-11-002, § 296-05-209, filed 5/4/11, effective 7/25/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 49.04.010, 2001 c 204, and chapter 49.04 RCW. 01-22-055, § 296-05-209, filed 10/31/01, effective 1/17/02.]