Rule Updates

Rules Under Development

Preferred Worker Program

WAC 296-16-100 through 170

All updates for this rule:

Employer - Worker Reemployment Incentives (Chapter 296-16 WAC - Preferred Worker Program)

The purpose of this rulemaking is to describe the new preferred worker eligibility requirements and explain the expanded incentives available to eligible employers. The amended rules explain how eligible employers participate in the Preferred Worker Program in order to receive financial incentives similar to the existing Stay at Work Program, plus a continuous employment bonus only available under the Preferred Worker Program. The enabling legislation and amended rules also extend the incentives to include the employer of injury if insured through the State Fund. This rulemaking includes: - Minor edits to improve grammar, consistency and clarity. - Added reminder to employers about equipment purchase limit in Substitute House Bill (SHB) 1496 (Chapter 137, Laws of 2015). - Revised language about continuous employment incentive start date to align with SHB 1496. The changes were adopted 6/21/2016 and became effective on 7/22/2016.736.


Rule Changes Effective


PDF: Adoption (Rule-Making Order CR-103)

PDF: Adopted Rule Language


Public Hearing


Comments Due


PDF: Proposed Rulemaking (CR 102)

PDF: Proposed Rule Language


PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

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