Unemployment Insurance Advisory Committee

About the Advisory Committee 

The Unemployment Insurance Advisory Committee (UIAC) consists of nine members: four representing employees, four representing employers and one representing Workforce Development Councils. An ESD representative serves as chair of the committee. The committee’s purpose is to consider and provide advice to the department, legislature and Governor to improve the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program. The committee may consider changes to state statute, comment on department rulemaking and policies, make recommendations on other specified matters, and study issues as the committee determines appropriate. 

Committee Charter
Meeting Schedule 2020
UI Tax 101 - 08/19/2020
UI Trust Fund 101 - 09/02/2020
UI Benefits 101 - 09/16/2020
UI Customer Experience and Operations - 09/30/2020
September UI Trust Fund Report - 10/01/2020
UI Tax Policy Options - 10/14/2020


Next meeting

  • Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Due to meeting restriction guidelines laid out by state government, this meeting will be conducted via Zoom only. 

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Meeting ID: 939 5579 9629

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Committee Members

  • Department Representative: Dan Zeitlin, Employment System Policy Director
  • Employee Representative: Sybill Hyppolite, Washington State Labor Council
  • Employee Representative: Cindy Richardson, UNITE HERE Local 8
  • Employee Representative: Josh Swanson, Operating Engineers 302
  • Employee Representative: Brenda Wiest, Teamsters 117
  • Employer Representative: Bob Battles, Association of Washington Business
  • Employer Representative: Julia Gorton, Washington Hospitality Association
  • Employer Representative: Tammie Hetrick, Washington Food Industry Association
  • Employer Representative: Jerry VanderWood, Association of General Contractors
  • Workforce Development Council Representative: Kevin Perkey, Washington Workforce Association

Employment Security Department Committee Contacts

Dan Zeitlin
Director, Policy, Data, Performance and Integrity Division

Wendy Goldmark
Administrative Assistant