L&I moves public rate hearing to Renton Pavilion

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TUMWATER –The Department of Labor & Industries is relocating the venue for its public rate hearing on Wednesday, Oct. 26. Originally scheduled for L&I's Tukwila location, the hearing will now be held at 1:30 p.m. in Renton at the Renton Pavilion, 233 Burnett Ave. South.

Parking is available in the garage and the first two hours are free.

The larger venue ensures the hearing can accommodate all those wishing to comment on the 2012 proposed rate.

In September, L&I announced a proposed average rate increase of 2.5 percent to workers' compensation premiums in 2012. Each year, L&I must review premium rates and make adjustments to cover the anticipated costs of claims that will be filed in the next year.

The proposed rate increase is an average for all Washington employers. Individual employers will see their rates go up or down, depending on their recent claims history and any changes in the frequency and cost of claims in their industry.

Other public hearings on the proposed rates will be held in:

  • Vancouver, Oct. 25, 9 a.m., Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay
  • Bellingham, Oct. 26, 1 p.m., Bellingham Public Library
  • Richland, Oct. 27, 1 p.m., Red Lion Hotel Richland Hanford House
  • Spokane Valley, Oct. 28, 10 a.m., Spokane CenterPlace Event Center
  • Tumwater, Oct. 28, 10 a.m., L&I Headquarters

More information regarding the rate proposal is available at Rates & Risk Classes. The final rates will be adopted in early December and go into effect Jan. 1, 2012.


For media information: Selena Davis, L&I, 360-902-5183.


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