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Classifications for Washington Workers' Compensation Insurance

Chapter 296-17A, WAC

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2019 Classification Rulemaking (Chapter 296-17A WAC, Classifications for Washington Workers’ Compensation Insurance)

This rulemaking adopts amendments in Chapter 296-17A WAC, Classifications for Washington Workers’ Compensation Insurance. This rulemaking: corrects typographical and other errors (such as invalid telephone numbers and out-of-date references); revises wording and formatting to make the rules easier to understand and apply; and incorporates and formalizes existing agency practices (such as expressly including in a risk classification employment that the department currently includes by interpretation or analogy). The purpose of this rulemaking was not to make substantive changes to how employers are classified. This rulemaking amended subclassifications while not making substantial changes to how employers are classified. In general, the department combined subclassifications where the underlying hazards are similar and where the subclassification distinction is no longer relevant. This allows the department to maintain the overall fairness of the rating system in general. The changes were adopted 8/20/2019 and will be effective on 10/1/2019.838.

10/1/2019

Rule Changes Effective

8/20/2019

PDF: Adoption (Rule-Making Order CR-103)

PDF: Adopted Rule Language

7/23/2019

Public Hearing

7/23/2019

Comments Due

6/18/2019

PDF: Proposed Rulemaking (CR 102)

PDF: Proposed Rule Language

10/2/2018

PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

Stores (Chapter 296-17A WAC, Classifications for Washington Workers’ Compensation Insurance)

This rulemaking adopts changes to Chapter 296-17A WAC, Classifications for Washington Workers’ Compensation Insurance that: Reclassifies non-thrift stores assigned classification 6304 to the lower-rated retail store classification 6309; reclassifies thrift stores assigned classification 6304 to the charitable store classification 6504; repeals classification 6304; and amends classification 6306 for clarity and ensures it aligns with the prior store rulemaking. The changes were adopted 2/20/2018 and became effective on 1/1/2019.794.

1/1/2019

Rule Changes Effective

2/20/2018

PDF: Adoption (Rule-Making Order CR-103)

PDF: Adopted Rule Language

11/7/2017

Comments Due

11/1/2017

Public Hearing

10/30/2017

Public Hearing

10/25/2017

Public Hearing

9/19/2017

PDF: Proposed Rulemaking (CR 102)

PDF: Proposed Rule Language

5/23/2017

PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

Workers’ compensation classifications: Fraternities/sororities, tutoring services, nursing homes and other residential care (Chapter 296-17A WAC, Classifications for Washington Workers’ Compensation Insurance)

This rulemaking adopts amendments in Chapter 296-17A WAC, Classifications for Washington Workers’ Compensation Insurance, to: - WAC 296-17A-6108 and WAC 296-17A-6509 to better distinguish between skilled nursing facilities and other care residences by aligning the classifications to Department of Health and Social Service (DSHS) licensing. - WAC 296-17A-6509 and WAC 296-17A-6205 to move fraternities and sororities out of a classification primarily for care facilities and into the classification for clubs. The nature of operations and loss rates for fraternities and sororities aligns better with the organizations in the clubs’ classification, than those in the classification for care residences, classification 6509. - WAC 296-17A-5301 to include tutoring services. Currently tutoring services are assigned to several unrelated classifications. Many businesses only have standard exception classifications rather than a basic classification. The changes were adopted 5/2/2017 and became effective on 1/1/2018.771.

1/1/2018

Rule Changes Effective

5/2/2017

PDF: Adoption (Rule-Making Order CR-103)

PDF: Adopted Rule Language

3/15/2017

Comments Due

3/14/2017

Public Hearing

2/27/2017

Public Hearing

12/6/2016

PDF: Proposed Rulemaking (CR 102)

PDF: Proposed Rule Language

7/19/2016

PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

Stores (Chapter 296-17A WAC, Classifications for Washington Workers’ Compensation Insurance)

This rulemaking adopts changes to Chapter 296-17A WAC, Classifications for Washington Workers’ Compensation Insurance that: - Reclassify lower hazard stores currently assigned classification 6406 (retail only variety stores) to a new, lower-rated retail store classification 6411; - Reclassify warehouse distribution centers without retail store exposure into classification 6407 (wholesale stores); - Reclassify some lower hazard stores currently assigned classification 6309 (hardware type stores) to the lower-rated classification 6406 (retail only variety stores); and - Clarify the store classifications to better distinguish them from each other. Workers’ compensation best practices for rating employers require classifications clearly distinguish between different types of work exposures to ensure employers’ premiums are fair and reflect the actual degree of hazard. The changes were adopted 2/14/2017 and became effective on 1/1/2018.763.

1/1/2018

Rule Changes Effective

2/14/2017

PDF: Adoption (Rule-Making Order CR-103)

PDF: Adopted Rule Language

11/15/2016

Comments Due

11/4/2016

Public Hearing

11/3/2016

Public Hearing

11/2/2016

Public Hearing

11/1/2016

Public Hearing

10/27/2016

Public Hearing

10/26/2016

Public Hearing

8/23/2016

PDF: Proposed Rulemaking (CR 102)

PDF: Proposed Rule Language

5/17/2016

PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

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