News for Small Business — August 2016

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customers and tips for saving time and money

This is a quarterly roundup of L&I news for small business. It's produced by the L&I Small Business Liaison Office, who can provide business owners with information and assistance resolving issues.

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August 2016:

Save the date! FREE Washington Small Biz Fair

Learn from experts how to form and run a successful business at the 20th annual Washington Small Business Fair.

A seminar at a previous year's Biz Fair

Exhibitor booth at a previous Biz Fair.

A seminar at a previous year's Biz Fair

A seminar at a previous year's Biz Fair.

Biz Fair 2016 happens Saturday, September 24, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Renton Technical College, 3000 NE 4th Street, Renton (

Sharpen your skills: Attend seminars ( that cover important, up-to-date topics for all stages of business ownership. Savvy business experts share their knowledge and real-life experiences with you.

Save valuable time and money: Connect with 30 federal, state, and local government agencies and business and trade associations to get the information you need. The fair is free, with plenty of free parking and no advance registration required. Visit the Biz Fair website ( for more information. 

Want more small biz news? Sign up for L&I's small business newsletter and receive important updates and tips for your small business directly in your email inbox. 

Also, check out the list of free trainings and workshops available to you and your business, or better yet, sign up for a free service that regularly sends the latest training calendar straight to your email.

New small business liaison with L&I claims background

Kayla Burr is L&I's new assistant small business liaison, replacing Aaron Hoffman, who left in May to work in L&I's Health Service Analysis group in support of the COHE program.

Kayla Burr

Kayla looks forward to continuing the superb service tradition Aaron established.

Kayla graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics and minor in communication.

Prior to coming to the Small Business Liaison Office, Kayla was a claim manager for 2.5 years. She completed the 22-month apprenticeship program for claim management at Labor & Industries.

Prior to working in claims, Kayla served in various customer service capacities within the agency.

Kayla is extremely knowledgeable about workers' comp claim management and hopes to narrow the gap between employers and the L&I process through education and collaboration. She is also eager to improve our service to small business owners.

New L&I rules about workers' compensation coverage for volunteers

Effective June 9, the legislature added a reporting option for employers covering volunteers for workers' compensation coverage:

New L&I rules about workers' compensation coverage for volunteers
  • This allows employers to elect workers' compensation medical coverage to more student volunteers.
  • The law also allows employers to cap reporting for all volunteers, including student volunteers, at 100 hours per calendar year per individual, instead of actual hours worked. 

The law benefits businesses that partner with public and private K-12 schools and higher education facilities to create internships and on-the-job training opportunities.

Also, private colleges can now elect coverage for their own volunteers. Past law limited coverage to public and nonprofit entities and their student volunteers.

See more information about elective student volunteer coverage and the 100-hour reporting rule.

Want more small business news? Sign up for L&I's small business newsletter and receive important updates and tips in your email inbox.

Staying updated on L&I rule or requirement changes

You can stay on top of important rule changes and requirements by checking out L&I's electronic mailing lists page.

Staying updated on L&I rule or requirement changes

There are a variety of email lists and newsletters available to L&I customers. All you need to do is sign up for the ones that interest you. 

Once you sign up, you'll receive emails with pertinent rule changes and requirements for your business and industry.

Here is just a few of the categories:

  • Agriculture.
  • Apprenticeships.
  • Construction.
  • Electrical.
  • Hazardous drug rules.
  • Lead.
  • Logging.
  • Prevailing wage.

If you would like small biz news sent to you through email, just let us know by joining L&I's Small Business News mailing list.

We post bimonthly newsletters about small biz events, trainings, workshops, and how to help your small business be successful and do business with L&I.

You can also check out our past newsletter posts.

Check out the FREE Employers' Intro to L&I workshop

Find dates and locations for the FREE Employers' Intro to L&I workshop

Are you a new business? Need an L&I refresher?

Check out the FREE Employer's Introduction to L&I workshop!

It covers the following:

  • Contractor registration rules.
  • Injury claims management.
  • Meal and wage requirements.
  • Payroll.
  • Record keeping.
  • Workplace safety.

This workshop is offered in a variety of locations every month. It's also available in Spanish.

Find dates and locations near you.

Calling all employers in Everett and surrounding area

Join us for our NEW workshop in Everett: Introduction to Rates and Claims Management with Stay at Work (SAW) and Early Return to Work (ERTW).

Register for the August 25 or December 1 workshop in our Everett location

This FREE workshop covers how claims affect your premium rates. You will also learn about the roles of employers, workers, medical providers and claim managers.

It also explains how return-to-work programs can reduce claim costs and what resources and programs are available through L&I to help you develop your own safety and claim management programs. 

This workshop is currently only available in the Everett area.

Register for the August 25 or December 1 workshop in our Everett location.

Contractor training days are here

Contractor training days are here

Contractor training days cover a wide variety of subjects:

  • Business planning.
  • Claims management to control worker's comp costs.
  • Marketing.
  • Public works contracting.
  • Risk management.
  • Safety.

Next training days are scheduled for September 9, 2016, at Edmonds Community College and October 21, 2016, at Spokane Community College.

If you'd like to attend or learn more, contact Julie Perales, outreach and education program specialist, at 360-902-6366.

View more about contractor training days.



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