PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
EMPLOYMENT SECURITY DEPARTMENT
[Filed September 24, 2020, 9:43 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: The employment security department is engaging in rule making regarding whether certain emergency rules adopted during the COVID-19 response should be made permanent. The emergency rules cover waiting week charging, benefit charging, suitable work for extended benefits, and overpayment waivers.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 50.12.010
provide general rule-making authority to the employment security department.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: In February, Governor Inslee proclaimed a State of Emergency in Washington regarding COVID-19. The department filed a series of emergency rules in order to support the state's emergency response. The department is now seeking input from the public regarding which of those emergency rules should be made permanent.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The United States Department of Labor (USDOL) reviews the state's administration of the unemployment insurance program to ensure conformity to federal statutes and regulations. The state has broad flexibility in the implementation of the unemployment insurance laws so long as conformity is maintained. The proposed regulations will be shared with USDOL prior to adoption.
Process for Developing New Rule: Draft rules will be shared with the public and stakeholders. The department will solicit input from all parties and consider all comments in the development of final rules.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Josh Dye, P.O. Box 9046, phone 360-890-3472, fax 844-652-7096, TTY relay 711, email Rules@esd.wa.gov, website https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/rulemaking/benefits.
September 24, 2020