EMPLOYMENT SECURITY DEPARTMENT
[Filed May 14, 2020, 3:16 p.m., effective June 14, 2020]
Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
Purpose: The employment security department is responsible for implementing the paid family and medical leave program in accordance with Title 50A
RCW. Rule making is being done on an ongoing basis. This amendment to WAC 192-800-150 provides guidance regarding who may file an initial application and weekly claims on behalf of a deceased employee. The rule also clarifies that the application and/or claim filed by specified parties may be filed up to and including the week in which the employee died.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 192-800-150 Can an employee designate a representative to act on their behalf?
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 20-08-120 on March 31, 2020.
A final cost-benefit analysis is available by contacting Janette Benham, Employment Security Department, P.O. Box 9046, Olympia, WA 98507-9046, phone 360-790-6583, TTY Washington relay 711 (contact Teresa Eckstein at 360-507-9890 for accommodations), email email@example.com, website https://www.opentownhall.com/portals/289/forum_home.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: May 13, 2020.
Policy and Rules Manager
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 19-23-090, filed 11/19/19, effective 12/20/19)
WAC 192-800-150Can an employee designate a representative to act on their behalf?
(1) The department may authorize another individual to act on the employee's behalf for the purposes of paid family and medical leave benefits if:
(a) An employee designates an authorized representative by submitting written documentation as required by the department;
(b) A court-appointed legal guardian with authority to make decisions on a person's behalf submits documentation as required by the department;
(c) An individual designated as an attorney-in-fact under a power of attorney submits documentation satisfactory to the department to act on the employee's behalf; or
(d) If an employee is unable to designate an authorized representative due to a serious health condition, an individual may represent the employee by submitting a complete and signed authorized representative designation form made available by the department, which must include:
(i) Documentation from the employee's health care provider certifying that the employee is incapable of completing the administrative requirements necessary for receiving paid family and medical leave benefits and is unable to designate an authorized representative to act on the employee's behalf; and
(ii) An affidavit or declaration authorized by RCW 9A.72.085
attesting to the responsibility to act in the employee's best interest.
(2) A person meeting the requirements under subsection (1) of this section may file an initial application and weekly claims up to and including the week in which the employee died subject to WAC 192-620-010.
(3) If an employee has been approved for benefit payments and the employee dies, an estate executor or administrator may file a weekly claim for the week in which the employee died.
(4) The department will terminate the authority given to the authorized representative:
(a) When the employee or authorized representative notifies the department verbally or in writing; or
(b) At the department's discretion.
(((3)))(5) For the purposes of paid family and medical leave the term employee is used for both employee and authorized representative.