EMPLOYMENT SECURITY DEPARTMENT
[Filed February 16, 2022, 9:07 a.m.]
Supplemental Notice to WSR 22-01-204.
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 21-07-035.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: Petitions for judicial review—Service on agency (WAC 192-04-210), How do I reopen my claim? (WAC 192-110-050), Charging non-Washington combined-wage claims under RCW 50.29.021
(2)(j) (WAC 192-320-072).
Hearing Location(s): On March 24, 2022, at 9 a.m., Zoom, Meeting ID 871 6119 4144, Passcode 299796, Call-in 253-215-8782. Join Zoom meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87161194144?pwd=bExzNkRndlRtWUJQZ1JiUWtFOU5wdz09.
Date of Intended Adoption: March 30, 2022.
Submit Written Comments to: Joshua Dye, P.O. Box 9046, Olympia, WA 98507-9046, email email@example.com, fax 844-652-7096, by March 24, 2022.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Teresa Eckstein, phone 360-507-9890, fax 360-586-4600, TTY relay 711, email firstname.lastname@example.org, by March 17, 2022.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The employment security department (ESD) is engaging in rule making regarding whether the emergency rules adopted during the COVID-19 response should be made permanent. The emergency rules cover judicial review petitions, reopening claims, and combined-wage claims.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: In February of 2020, Governor Inslee proclaimed a State of Emergency in Washington in response to COVID-19. The department filed a series of emergency rules 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 to continue supporting Washington workers and businesses.
The supplemental filing provides a second public hearing to allow for additional comments from the public.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: ESD, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Scott Michael, Olympia, Washington, 360-890-3448; Implementation and Enforcement: Julie Lord, Olympia, Washington, 360-902-9579.
A school district fiscal impact statement is not required under RCW 28A.305.135
A cost-benefit analysis is required under RCW 34.05.328
. A preliminary cost-benefit analysis may be obtained by contacting Joshua Dye, P.O. Box 9046, Olympia, WA 98507-9046, phone 360-890-3472, fax 844-652-7096, TTY relay 711, email email@example.com
The proposed rule does not impose more-than-minor costs on businesses. Following is a summary of the agency's analysis showing how costs were calculated. The rules amended by the COVID-19 emergency rules - Phase 3 rule making do not create an additional tax burden on employers of any size. The rule making provides flexibility for both employers and employees.
February 16, 2022
Employment System Policy Director
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 13-05-033, filed 2/12/13, effective 3/15/13)
WAC 192-04-210Petitions for judicial review—Service on agency.
Delivery pursuant to RCW 34.05.542
(4) shall be deemed to have been made when a copy of the petition for judicial review has been ((received by the Commissioner's Office at 212 Maple Park Avenue S.E., Olympia, WA or
)) received by:
(1) Delivery to the Commissioner's Office at 212 Maple Park Avenue S.E., Olympia, WA;
(2) Mail at the Commissioner's Review Office, Post Office Box 9555, Olympia, WA 98507-9555; or
(3) Email at the commissioner's review office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 16-21-013, filed 10/7/16, effective 11/14/16)
WAC 192-110-050How do I reopen my claim?
(1) If you have stopped claiming for more than four consecutive weeks for any reason, you must reopen your claim.
(a) You may reopen your claim:
(i) By using the department's online services; or
(ii) By calling the unemployment claims center.
(b) You must reopen your claim before the end of the week.
(2)(a) Your claim will be reopened effective on Sunday of the week in which you contact the department to reopen your claim, unless you ask the department to backdate your reopening date to a prior week.
(b) The department ((will not))may backdate your reopening date ((unless you show good cause for not reopening your claim earlier, except)):
(i) For "good cause," as that term is defined by WAC 192-110-095 (2)(a);
(ii) For "the convenience of the department" as that term is defined by WAC 192-110-095 (2)(b); or
(iii) As provided in WAC 192-140-005.
WAC 192-320-072Charging non-Washington combined-wage claims under RCW 50.29.021 (2)(j).
For purposes of RCW 50.29.021
(2)(j), the benefits paid under a combined-wage claim, as that term is defined by 20 C.F.R. Sec. 616.6, filed in a state other than Washington, and Washington is the transferring state, as that term is defined by 20 C.F.R. Sec. 616.6, will be charged as follows:
(1) All benefits paid under the combined-wage claim in the second quarter of 2020 will not be charged to the claimant's base year employer;
(2) All other benefits paid under the combined-wage claim in all other quarters will be charged to the claimant's base year employer, unless the employer is eligible for relief of benefit charges for reasons other than RCW 50.29.021