PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
EMPLOYMENT SECURITY DEPARTMENT
[Filed February 1, 2023, 9:50 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: The employment security department (department) is engaging in rule making regarding the declaration and ending of public health emergencies during a benefit week.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 50.12.010
provide general rule-making authority to the department. RCW 50.20.010
defines benefit eligibility conditions for unemployment benefits.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Currently, multiple factors for determining a claimant's eligibility for unemployment benefits are impacted by a declaration of a public health emergency. The department intends to adopt rules to clarify whether a claim is covered by a public health emergency declaration when the public health emergency is enacted or lifted during a benefit week.
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/.
February 1, 2023
Employment Security Policy Director