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Media Contacts

Our communications staff are here to answer your questions about L&I's programs and services.

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General agency information, legislative issues. Tim Church
Public Affairs Manager
Workers' compensation insurance – employer services Rena Shawver
Workers' compensation claims – medical providers Barbara Davis
Workplace safety and health Elaine Fischer
Injured Young Workers Speakers Program Xenofon Moniodis
Contractor registration
Fraud prevention and investigations
Plumber certification
Underground economy
Debby Abe
Apprenticeship and prevailing wage
Boiler inspections
Electrical inspections and licensing
Manufactured home (factory-assembled structures)
Prevailing wage
Wage-and-hour topics: minimum wage, overtime, minor workers, and wage claims
Matthew Erlich
Small business outreach
Kayla Burr
Director of Community Relations Uriel Iniguez

Facts and Figures

L&I is a diverse state agency dedicated to the safety, health and security of Washington workers and protecting the public from unsafe work and economic hardship.


View the complete list of L&I Facts and Figures (116 KB PDF).

2015 figures

  • Workers' compensation insurance provided for 174,000 employers and 2.69 million workers.
  • Workplace safety and health inspections or consultations: 4,642.
  • Unpaid wages collected: $2.8 million.
  • Electrical wiring jobs inspected: 214,439.
  • Boilers/pressure vessels inspected: 15,721.
  • Elevators/conveyances inspected: 6,972.
  • New apprentice registrations: 4,900.

For information about workers' compensation figures, read L&I's Your Premium Dollars at Work (F200-025-000):

  • An accounting of how State Fund premium dollars are spent.
  • Workers' Compensation Statistics at a Glance.

Public Data and Look-Up Tools

View and download public data

L&I Public Data
Rates and Rating
Description Location
Experience rating parameters

These files contain information on the various factors used in Calculating a Firm's Experience Modification Factor.
Workers' comp insurance rates

These files contain information on the base rates for workers' compensation. The base rates reflect rates prior to the application of experience factors.

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Injury and Fatality Statistics
Description Location
BLS injury and fatality statistics.
Data from the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities (IIF) program.

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Medical Provider Reports
Description Location
Provider Network Status Report (PNSR)

Downloadable data set containing information about providers' L&I Medical Provider Network (MPN) status.

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Self-Insurance Files
Description Location
Self-insured employers list

An alphabetic list of self-insured employers with their contact phone numbers.
Third Party Administrators (TPA) contact information

An alphabetic list of Third Party Administrators and their contact phone numbers.

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Workers' Comp Files
Description Location
A list of active workers' compensation accounts and their premium range, retro status and contact information.
A list of active workers' compensation accounts, their experience factor, and information on premium and employee range by risk class.
Workers' comp injury data.

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2017 News Archives

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Leadership Team

“Keep Washington safe and working”

L&I's various and diverse programs are led by a group of hard-working professionals and subject matter experts known as the department's Leadership Team. In addition to leading their own programs on a day-to-day basis, this group works together to determine future direction and policies for the entire organization. In essence, they are L&I's brain trust.


Joel Sacks

Joel Sacks, Director

Joel Sacks is the director of the Department of Labor & Industries.

Between 2004 and 2011, Joel worked at the state Employment Security Department serving as deputy commissioner and assistant commissioner for the Budget, Policy and Communications Division.

Prior to joining Employment Security, he was deputy director of Field Services at L&I. He also served 4 years at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in the U.S. Department of Labor.

Joel holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Haverford College and a master's degree in public administration from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Public Affairs.

Joel lives in Olympia with his wife and 2 girls.

Ernie LaPalm

Ernie LaPalm, Deputy Director

Ernie LaPalm was appointed deputy director and chief operating officer in March of 2013 by Director Joel Sacks. Prior to that, he served as the deputy director for Field Services from 2005 – 2013. 

As deputy director/chief operating officer, Ernie is responsible for the operational and strategic oversight of the internal operations of L&I, including field services and public safety, fraud prevention and compliance, information services, the office of human resources, communications and Web services, occupational safety and health, governmental affairs and policy, insurance services, and financial management. 

Other positions he has held at L&I include the deputy assistant director for Insurance Services, acting assistant director and operations manager for Specialty Compliance Services, and nearly 20 years with Human Resources.

Ernie and his wife Sandi reside in Olympia and have 4 children and 2 grandchildren.

Randi Warick

Randi Warick, Deputy Director for Financial Management

Randi Warick was appointed the deputy director of Financial Management at L&I in 2013.

Prior to working for L&I, Randi served as the assistant commissioner for the Budget, Performance and Research Division at the Employment Security Department.

During her 28-year career of state service, she has held senior leadership roles for 6 other state agencies, including the Department of Corrections and the Office of Financial Management.

Randi and her husband enjoy spending time outdoors and have 2 children, both of whom are in college.

Assistant Directors

  • Kim Contris, Assistant Director for Web & Communication Services.
  • David Puente, Assistant Director for Human Resources.
  • Tammy Fellin, Legislative Director for the Government Affairs & Policy Division.
  • David Marty, Assistant Director for Administrative Services.
  • Dan Johnston, Director of the Office of Internal Audit.
  • Vickie Kennedy, Assistant Director for Insurance Services.
  • Bob Lanouette, Assistant Director for Information Services.
  • Amy Leneker, Assistant Director for the Governmental Affairs & Policy Division.
  • Roy Plaeger-Brockway, Assistant Director for the Lean Transformation Office.
  • José Rodriguez, Assistant Director for Field Services & Public Safety.
  • Elizabeth Smith, Assistant Director for Fraud Prevention & Labor Standards.
  • Anne Soiza, Assistant Director for the Division of Occupational Safety & Health.

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