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Public hearings on workers' comp premium rate increase to be held Jan. 4

TUMWATER — The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) will hold rate hearings in Tacoma and Spokane concerning the proposed 12 percent workers’ compensation premium rate increase that was announced in November.

Average premiums would go up by 6.5 cents per hour worked.

The new rates take effect Jan. 1, 2011, under an emergency rule while L&I continues the process of adopting the permanent rates.

Public hearings will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 4 at 10 a.m. at:

  • Tacoma Convention Center
    1500 Broadway, Room 407
    Tacoma
  • CenterPlace Regional Event Center Auditorium
    2426 N. Discovery Place
    Spokane Valley

Written comments may be sent to Ronald Moore, Employer Services Program Manager, Department of Labor & Industries, P.O. Box 44140, Olympia, WA 98504-4140. E-mail comments may be sent to Ronald.Moore@Lni.wa.gov. Faxed comments should go to 360-902-4729. Written comments must be received by 5 p.m. on Jan. 4.

For more information, a video and Q&A are available on L&I’s website.

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For media information: Elaine Fischer, 360-902-5413 or visit the L&I News and Media Center.

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