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What is meant by "work-type activity"?

(1) Work-type activity means any activity for which a reasonable person would expect to be compensated or for which a reasonable employer would expect to pay compensation.
(2) Work-type activity does not mean exploration of a job for a short period of time to determine whether the worker can do the job so long as:
(a) The worker does not receive wages, income, or anything of value; and
(b) The worker or his/her family has no financial interest in or benefits from the worker's job exploration.
Activity done intermittently or as a hobby that does not generate income will not generally rise to the level of repeated work-type activity.
For example, a worker who is receiving wage replacement benefits volunteers two hours each day for a recognized charity greeting customers and operating the cash register. His treating physician is aware of this activity and encourages it to keep him more active, but does not release him to work or to perform this function more than two hours daily. The worker does not initially inform the department of his activity because he receives no compensation and would not expect to. The department learns of the volunteer work when the worker completes a worker verification form indicating the volunteer activity. No willful misrepresentation of a work-type activity has occurred in this case.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 51.04.010, 51.04.020, and 2004 c 243. WSR 04-20-024, ยง 296-14-4123, filed 9/28/04, effective 11/1/04.]
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