Special Edition - December 2011

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December 2011 | L&I's Small Business Liaison, Celia Nightingale and Aaron Hoffman

Call: 1-800-987-0145. Fax: 360-902-5420. E-mail: SmallBusiness@Lni.wa.gov

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No overall increase for workers' compensation rates in 2012

Washington State Legislative Building

Governor Gregoire and The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has announced there will be no overall increase in workers’ compensation insurance premiums next year. This is the first time since 2007 that the agency has not increased its rates.

In September, the agency proposed a 2.5% increase. The decision to hold overall rates flat in 2012 is due to public testimony about the impact of the recession and recent positive trends in claims duration.

While there will be no overall rate increase, individual employers may see their rates go up or down, depending on their recent claims history and changes in the frequency and cost of claims in their industry. L&I has published a rate table online and will send all employers a rate notice beginning the week of Dec. 5. You can find the rate table by selecting this link.

Washington is the only state where workers pay a significant portion of premiums. Next year, their share will be about 24 percent. The annual rate notice will specify the exact amount per hour that employers may deduct.

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