Rules Under Development

General reporting rules, classifications, audit and recordkeeping, rates and rating system for Washington workers' compensation insurance

Chapter 296-17, WAC

Multiple Classifiations (Chapter 96-17 WAC)

The purpose of this rulemaking clarifies that an employer may have more than one classification assigned and the same employees may perform work in multiple classifications. Staff identified inconsistencies in the rules as to when a company may qualify for multiple classifications. WAC 296-17-31017 currently states that in order to qualify for multiple basic classifications, an employer “must keep detailed records of the actual time spent by each employee in each classification.” This guidance is repeated in WAC 296-17-310171. However, WAC 296-17-31017 later states criteria that “different employees must work in each business.” This is contradictory and confusing to staff and customers. Auditors and account managers were unclear as to when the multiple classifications rule applied. The agency will propose repealing WAC 296-17-310171, as well as the criteria that “different employees must work in each business,” and consolidating all guidance for businesses and staff on this topic into WAC 296-17-31017 to streamline direction and remove inconsistencies.


PDF: Adoption (Rule-Making Order CR-103)

PDF: Adopted Rule Language


Public Hearing


PDF: Proposed Rulemaking (CR 102)

PDF: Proposed Rule Language


PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

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