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L&I Proposes a 0.8% Decrease to Workers' Compensation Premiums for 2020

Workers

L&I attributes the proposed decrease to several factors, including declining workplace injury rates, along with L&I initiatives that are helping injured workers recover sooner and reducing workers' compensation costs.

The proposed rate decrease means that if adopted, employers will pay about $15 less a year per employee for workers' compensation coverage in 2020. Employees would see a very small increase in the amount they pay because of a rise in costs related to the supplemental pension fund, due to an increase in the average wage in Washington.

The proposed 0.8% workers' compensation premium decrease is an average; if adopted individual employers may see smaller or larger drops depending on that employer's industry and claims history.

Public hearings

L&I will hold three public hearings about the proposed rate decrease:

  • Tukwila, Oct. 29, 10 a.m., Dept. of Labor & Industries Tukwila Office
  • Spokane Valley, Oct. 30, 9 a.m., Spokane CenterPlace
  • Tumwater, Nov. 1, 10 a.m., Tumwater Labor & Industries Office

Comments can also be submitted to joanne.attwood@Lni.wa.gov by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019.

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