Verification for Presumptive Coverage of Frontline Employees and Health Care Workers
Public Hearing on Proposed Rules
Monday, November 28, 2022
To join on your computer or mobile app (Zoom):
Meeting ID: 936 165 5337
To join by phone (audio only):
1-253-215-8782 US (Tacoma)
Find your local number: https://lni-wa-gov.zoom.us/u/kdFrdfe0fg
The hearing will start at 9:00 a.m. and continue until all oral comments are received.
L&I encourages the submittal of written comments, due by 5:00 p.m. on November 28, 2022.
Public hearings held virtually have proven effective in allowing greater public access, eliminating the burden of physical travel, and maintaining public safety. Accordingly, this public hearing will not be held in person.
The purpose of this rulemaking is to create rules to explain the verification required by frontline and health care workers documenting the contraction of the infectious or contagious disease and quarantine criteria for health care workers. Engrossed Substitute Senate Bills 5115 (ESSB 5115) and 5190 (ESSB 5190), both passed by the Washington state legislature in 2021, resulted in the creation of RCW 51.32.181 and RCW 51.32.390. This rulemaking is necessary to implement ESSB 5115 and ESSB 5190, which establish presumptive coverage for frontline workers subject to a public health emergency. This rulemaking proposes new rules to clarify what is and is not verification of contraction of an infectious or contagious disease for frontline workers that is the subject of a public health emergency. The rules also clarify what is and is not verification of contraction or quarantine of an infectious or contagious disease for health care workers that is the subject of a public health emergency.