RCW 50.12.070


Employing unit records, reports, and registration--Unified business identifier account number records -- Penalty for failure to keep records.

(1)(a) Each employing unit shall keep true and accurate work records, containing such information as the commissioner may prescribe. Such records shall be open to inspection and be subject to being copied by the commissioner or his or her authorized representatives at any reasonable time and as often as may be necessary. The commissioner may require from any employing unit any sworn or unsworn reports with respect to persons employed by it, which he or she deems necessary for the effective administration of this title.

(b) An employer who contracts with another person or entity for work subject to chapter 18.27 or 19.28 RCW shall obtain and preserve a record of the unified business identifier account number for and compensation paid to the person or entity performing the work. In addition to the penalty in subsection (3) of this section, failure to obtain or maintain the record is subject to RCW 39.06.010.

(2)(a) Each employer shall register with the department and obtain an employment security account number. Registration must include the names and social security numbers of the owners, partners, members, or corporate officers of the business, as well as their mailing addresses and telephone numbers and other information the commissioner may by rule prescribe. Registration of corporations must also include the percentage of stock ownership for each corporate officer, delineated by zero percent, less than ten percent, or ten percent or more. Any changes in the owners, partners, members, or corporate officers of the business, and changes in percentage of ownership of the outstanding shares of stock of the corporation, must be reported to the department at intervals prescribed by the commissioner under (b) of this subsection.

(b) Each employer shall make periodic reports at such intervals as the commissioner may by regulation prescribe, setting forth the remuneration paid for employment to workers in its employ, the full names and social security numbers of all such workers, and the total hours worked by each worker and such other information as the commissioner may by regulation prescribe.

(c) If the employing unit fails or has failed to report the number of hours in a reporting period for which a worker worked, such number will be computed by the commissioner and given the same force and effect as if it had been reported by the employing unit. In computing the number of such hours worked, the total wages for the reporting period, as reported by the employing unit, shall be divided by the dollar amount of the state's minimum wage in effect for such reporting period and the quotient, disregarding any remainder, shall be credited to the worker: PROVIDED, That although the computation so made will not be subject to appeal by the employing unit, monetary entitlement may be redetermined upon request if the department is provided with credible evidence of the actual hours worked. Benefits paid using computed hours are not considered an overpayment and are not subject to collections when the correction of computed hours results in an invalid or reduced claim; however:

(i) A contribution paying employer who fails to report the number of hours worked will have its experience rating account charged for all benefits paid that are based on hours computed under this subsection; and

(ii) An employer who reimburses the trust fund for benefits paid to workers and fails to report the number of hours worked shall reimburse the trust fund for all benefits paid that are based on hours computed under this subsection.

(3) Any employer who fails to keep and preserve records required by this section shall be subject to a penalty determined by the commissioner but not to exceed two hundred fifty dollars or two hundred percent of the quarterly tax for each offense, whichever is greater.

[2009 c 432 11; 2008 c 120 7; 2007 c 146 1; 1997 c 54 2; 1983 1st ex.s. c 23 8; 1977 ex.s. c 33 3; 1975 1st ex.s. c 228 2; 1945 c 35 46; Rem. Supp. 1945 9998-184. Prior: 1943 c 127 8; 1939 c 214 9; 1937 c 162 11.]

NOTES:

     Effective date -- 2009 c 432 11: "Section 11 of this act takes effect October 1, 2009." [2009 c 432 14.]

     Report -- 2009 c 432: See RCW 18.27.800.

     Conflict with federal requirements--Severability -- 2008 c 120: See notes following RCW 18.27.030.

     Conflict with federal requirements -- Severability -- 2007 c 146: See notes following RCW 50.04.080.

     Conflict with federal requirements -- Effective dates -- Construction -- 1983 1st ex.s. c 23: See notes following RCW 50.04.073.

     Effective dates -- Construction -- 1977 ex.s. c 33: See notes following RCW 50.04.030.

     Effective date -- 1975 1st ex.s. c 228: See note following RCW 50.04.355.