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PDFWAC 192-310-080

When are performers in small performing arts industries who receive stipends not considered to be in employment? (RCW 50.04.275.)

(1) A person who is participating in a performance for an employer in subsection (2) of this section is not considered to be in employment if the person receives no remuneration other than a nominal stipend.
(2) This section only applies to employers that are classified in the North American industry classification system as theater companies, dinner theaters, dance companies, musical groups and musical artists, and museums. The employer may not employ more than three individuals during any portion of a day during a calendar year. If an organization employs no more than three individuals who regularly exceed half-time employment, it will be presumed to meet this test.
If an employer becomes ineligible during the course of a year, the employer must from that time forward until the end of the calendar year treat persons who receive only a nominal stipend as in employment.
(3) As used in this section, "participating in a performance" includes serving as an actor or actress, musician, lighting technician, costume designer, stagehand, or in performing other functions relating specifically to the performance.
(4) A stipend is nominal when it is a fixed sum of money which the employer pays periodically to defray incidental expenses involved in participating in a performance and which does not exceed the amount specified under WAC 192-100-500(5).
[Statutory Authority: RCW 50.12.010 and 50.12.040. WSR 07-23-127, ยง 192-310-080, filed 11/21/07, effective 1/1/08.]
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