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Chapter 192-15 WAC

Last Update: 10/16/20

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HTMLPDF192-15-500Purpose.
HTMLPDF192-15-510Access to records or information by government agencies.
HTMLPDF192-15-520Response to subpoenas.
HTMLPDF192-15-530Access to records—Operation and management.
HTMLPDF192-15-540Consent to release of records or information.
HTMLPDF192-15-550Disclosure related to employment security programs.
DISPOSITION OF SECTIONS FORMERLY CODIFIED IN THIS TITLE
192-15-010Purpose. [Statutory Authority: RCW 50.13.030. WSR 78-09-027 (Order 1-78), § 192-15-010, filed 8/14/78.] Repealed by WSR 20-21-070, filed 10/16/20, effective 11/16/20. Statutory Authority: RCW 50.12.010, 50.12.040, 50.13.030, and chapter 50.13 RCW.
192-15-020Definitions. [Statutory Authority: RCW 50.13.030. WSR 78-09-027 (Order 1-78), § 192-15-020, filed 8/14/78.] Repealed by WSR 20-21-070, filed 10/16/20, effective 11/16/20. Statutory Authority: RCW 50.12.010, 50.12.040, 50.13.030, and chapter 50.13 RCW.
192-15-030Description of central and field organization of employment security department. [Statutory Authority: RCW 50.13.030. WSR 78-09-027 (Order 1-78), § 192-15-030, filed 8/14/78.] Repealed by WSR 20-21-070, filed 10/16/20, effective 11/16/20. Statutory Authority: RCW 50.12.010, 50.12.040, 50.13.030, and chapter 50.13 RCW.
192-15-040Procedures for obtaining public records—Designation of departmental employees responsible for public records. [Statutory Authority: RCW 50.13.030. WSR 78-09-027 (Order 1-78), § 192-15-040, filed 8/14/78.] Repealed by WSR 20-21-070, filed 10/16/20, effective 11/16/20. Statutory Authority: RCW 50.12.010, 50.12.040, 50.13.030, and chapter 50.13 RCW.
192-15-050Commissioner's review of denials of public records requests. [Statutory Authority: RCW 50.13.030. WSR 78-09-027 (Order 1-78), § 192-15-050, filed 8/14/78.] Repealed by WSR 20-21-070, filed 10/16/20, effective 11/16/20. Statutory Authority: RCW 50.12.010, 50.12.040, 50.13.030, and chapter 50.13 RCW.
192-15-060Access to individual or employing unit records or information by government agencies—RCW 50.13.060. [Statutory Authority: RCW 50.13.030. WSR 78-09-027 (Order 1-78), § 192-15-060, filed 8/14/78.] Repealed by WSR 20-21-070, filed 10/16/20, effective 11/16/20. Statutory Authority: RCW 50.12.010, 50.12.040, 50.13.030, and chapter 50.13 RCW.
192-15-070Response to subpoenas—RCW 50.13.070. [Statutory Authority: RCW 50.13.030. WSR 78-09-027 (Order 1-78), § 192-15-070, filed 8/14/78.] Repealed by WSR 20-21-070, filed 10/16/20, effective 11/16/20. Statutory Authority: RCW 50.12.010, 50.12.040, 50.13.030, and chapter 50.13 RCW.
192-15-080Access to public records for operation and management purposes—RCW 50.13.080. [Statutory Authority: RCW 50.13.030. WSR 78-09-027 (Order 1-78), § 192-15-080, filed 8/14/78.] Repealed by WSR 20-21-070, filed 10/16/20, effective 11/16/20. Statutory Authority: RCW 50.12.010, 50.12.040, 50.13.030, and chapter 50.13 RCW.
192-15-090Consent to release of records or information—RCW 50.13.100. [Statutory Authority: RCW 50.13.030. WSR 78-09-027 (Order 1-78), § 192-15-090, filed 8/14/78.] Repealed by WSR 20-21-070, filed 10/16/20, effective 11/16/20. Statutory Authority: RCW 50.12.010, 50.12.040, 50.13.030, and chapter 50.13 RCW.
192-15-100Disclosure related to employment security programs. [Statutory Authority: RCW 50.13.030. WSR 78-09-027 (Order 1-78), § 195-15-100 (codified as WAC 192-15-100), filed 8/14/78.] Repealed by WSR 20-21-070, filed 10/16/20, effective 11/16/20. Statutory Authority: RCW 50.12.010, 50.12.040, 50.13.030, and chapter 50.13 RCW.
192-15-110Public records available. [Statutory Authority: RCW 50.13.030. WSR 78-09-027 (Order 1-78), § 192-15-110, filed 8/14/78.] Repealed by WSR 20-21-070, filed 10/16/20, effective 11/16/20. Statutory Authority: RCW 50.12.010, 50.12.040, 50.13.030, and chapter 50.13 RCW.
192-15-120Office hours. [Statutory Authority: RCW 50.13.030. WSR 78-09-027 (Order 1-78), § 192-15-120, filed 8/14/78.] Repealed by WSR 20-21-070, filed 10/16/20, effective 11/16/20. Statutory Authority: RCW 50.12.010, 50.12.040, 50.13.030, and chapter 50.13 RCW.
192-15-130Copying. [Statutory Authority: RCW 50.13.030. WSR 78-09-027 (Order 1-78), § 192-15-130, filed 8/14/78.] Repealed by WSR 20-21-070, filed 10/16/20, effective 11/16/20. Statutory Authority: RCW 50.12.010, 50.12.040, 50.13.030, and chapter 50.13 RCW.
192-15-140Protection of public records. [Statutory Authority: RCW 50.13.030. WSR 78-09-027 (Order 1-78), § 192-15-140, filed 8/14/78.] Repealed by WSR 20-21-070, filed 10/16/20, effective 11/16/20. Statutory Authority: RCW 50.12.010, 50.12.040, 50.13.030, and chapter 50.13 RCW.
192-15-150Records index—Available material. [Statutory Authority: RCW 50.20.010 and 50.12.040. WSR 99-08-073, § 192-15-150, filed 4/5/99, effective 5/6/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 50.12.010. WSR 80-07-026 (Order 2-80), § 192-15-150, filed 6/12/80. Statutory Authority: RCW 50.13.030. WSR 78-09-027 (Order 1-78), § 192-15-150, filed 8/14/78.] Repealed by WSR 20-21-070, filed 10/16/20, effective 11/16/20. Statutory Authority: RCW 50.12.010, 50.12.040, 50.13.030, and chapter 50.13 RCW.
192-15-160Responsible addressee. [Statutory Authority: RCW 50.13.030. WSR 78-09-027 (Order 1-78), § 192-15-160, filed 8/14/78.] Repealed by WSR 20-21-070, filed 10/16/20, effective 11/16/20. Statutory Authority: RCW 50.12.010, 50.12.040, 50.13.030, and chapter 50.13 RCW.
192-15-170Forms. [Statutory Authority: RCW 50.13.030. WSR 78-09-027 (Order 1-78), § 192-15-170, filed 8/14/78.] Repealed by WSR 20-21-070, filed 10/16/20, effective 11/16/20. Statutory Authority: RCW 50.12.010, 50.12.040, 50.13.030, and chapter 50.13 RCW.


PDF192-15-500

Purpose.

Interpret and implement the provisions of chapter 50.13 RCW concerning the privacy and confidentiality of information or records held by the employment security department.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 50.12.010, 50.12.040, 50.13.030, and chapter 50.13 RCW. WSR 20-21-070, § 192-15-500, filed 10/16/20, effective 11/16/20.]



PDF192-15-510

Access to records or information by government agencies.

(1) Applications by government agencies for information or records deemed private and confidential by chapter 50.13 RCW shall be made:
(a) To the public records officer as defined in WAC 192-02-020(2); and
(b) Pursuant to WAC 192-02-060.
(2) If the public records officer:
(a) Is reasonably satisfied that the application meets the requirements of RCW 50.13.060, the department will provide access to the information or records.
(b) Is not reasonably satisfied that the application meets the requirements of RCW 50.13.060, the department may refuse to provide access. The department will provide notification of the denial as prescribed in WAC 192-02-130.
(3) The department shall establish procedures for providing records used for detection of fraud by claimants under various social programs administered by government agencies pursuant to RCW 50.13.060(5). Further investigation of department files concerning these individuals may be accomplished only if the normal requirements of RCW 50.13.060 are met.
(4) The term "other official of the agency" as used in RCW 50.13.060 (1)(b) means an employee who has substantial responsibility for the operation of the requesting agency or for one or more of its programs or administrative units.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 50.12.010, 50.12.040, 50.13.030, and chapter 50.13 RCW. WSR 20-21-070, § 192-15-510, filed 10/16/20, effective 11/16/20.]



PDF192-15-520

Response to subpoenas.

An employee called to testify in a judicial or administrative proceeding shall not disclose information or records deemed private and confidential under chapter 50.13 RCW, unless:
(1) The presiding officer makes a finding that the need for the disclosure outweighs any reasons for the privacy and confidentiality of the records or information; or
(2) The employee is responding to a subpoena or other compulsory process containing a finding by the presiding officer that the need for the disclosure outweighs any reasons for the privacy and confidentiality of the records or information.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 50.12.010, 50.12.040, 50.13.030, and chapter 50.13 RCW. WSR 20-21-070, § 192-15-520, filed 10/16/20, effective 11/16/20.]



PDF192-15-530

Access to recordsOperation and management.

(1) The department may provide incidental access to private or confidential information and records by private parties who are assisting the department in such areas as data processing and collection of employment security contributions pursuant to RCW 50.13.080.
(2) Persons provided incidental access to private and confidential records:
(a) Are bound by the rules of confidentiality and privacy applicable to departmental employees;
(b) Will be monitored by the department to ensure that private and confidential information or records are being handled correctly; and
(c) Are subject to any penalties provided under state or federal law for the breach of any confidentiality provision.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 50.12.010, 50.12.040, 50.13.030, and chapter 50.13 RCW. WSR 20-21-070, § 192-15-530, filed 10/16/20, effective 11/16/20.]



PDF192-15-540

Consent to release of records or information.

(1) Consent to release of information or records deemed private and confidential under RCW 50.13.100 shall be liberally interpreted so that the department may release information or records to third parties who supply the department with reasonable written or oral assurances of their identity and the department already has a release on file that meets the requirements of subsection (2) of this section.
(2) The release provided by a third party must include:
(a) Specifically identifying information of the data to be disclosed;
(b) Acknowledgment that department information will be accessed to obtain the information;
(c) The specific purpose or purposes for which the information is sought and a statement that information obtained under the release will only be used for that purpose or purposes;
(d) The parties who may receive the information disclosed;
(e) A written or electronic signature by the individual or employer being represented;
(f) A statement that provides the purpose of the release, which shall be limited to:
(i) Providing a service or benefit to the individual signing the release; or
(ii) Carrying out the administration or evaluation of a public program.
(3) In cases where a certain record contains information about more than one individual or employing unit:
(a) All individuals or employing units concerned must give consent before a record may be released or disclosed to other than the individuals or employing units;
(b) Records for individuals or employing units that give consent may be provided if the records for individuals or employing units that do not give consent are redacted; or
(c) The request may be denied if all individuals and employing units do not provide consent and records are not able to be redacted in order to protect the privacy of individuals or employing units that do not give consent.
(4) An attorney who can provide reasonable written assurance that they represent an interested party, as defined by WAC 192-04-040, in a proceeding before the appeal tribunal or commissioner, may have access to confidential information or records that are material to the issues in that proceeding.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 50.12.010, 50.12.040, 50.13.030, and chapter 50.13 RCW. WSR 20-21-070, § 192-15-540, filed 10/16/20, effective 11/16/20.]



PDF192-15-550

Disclosure related to employment security programs.

Chapter 50.13 RCW shall not be interpreted to prevent the employment security department from:
(1) Disclosing information in carrying out the department's duties under Title 50 RCW or under any other program for which the department is responsible;
(2) Disclosing information to the unemployment insurance agencies of other states when such disclosure relates to the administration of the unemployment insurance law of the requesting state; or
(3) Disclosing information when such disclosure is required by the federal government in connection with or as a condition of funding for a program being administered by the department.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 50.12.010, 50.12.040, 50.13.030, and chapter 50.13 RCW. WSR 20-21-070, § 192-15-550, filed 10/16/20, effective 11/16/20.]