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Proposed L&I Workers Compensation Increase for 2015

In an effort to ensure stable and predictable workers compensation premiums, the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries has proposed a 1.8% increase to the average base rate for 2015. On average, the increase equates to approximately 1 cent per hour worked, however the proposed rates vary considerably based on job classification.  For proposed rates by job classification, see the following:

The proposal comes at a time when many other states are cutting workers compensation; however the increase appears necessary in order to gradually increase the reserves, which The Department of Labor and Industries believes is underfunded. While most states charge workers compensation premiums based on payroll, Washington charges based on the number of hours worked. Because of this, L&I premiums do not automatically increase with wage increases. The Department of Labor and Industries has pointed out that the