Employer Assistance Program

Can't Pay Your Workers' Comp Premiums? L&I Can Help

To help during hard times, L&I can work with financially distressed businesses impacted by the economy, natural disasters, or other serious problems to arrange a payment plan for workers' compensation premiums. Businesses that are impacted by the coronavirus outbreak and have not paid their most recent quarterly premiums should call L&I for help.

Who qualifies for the Employer Assistance Program?

Businesses may qualify if they have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses can request for their payment to be deferred for up to 90 days, or can ask for a 90-day payment plan. Either way, the delayed payments will be penalty and interest free. 

How does the Employer Assistance Program work?

  • L&I waives late penalties and interest if qualifying businesses pay their premiums within 90 days. Penalties and interest may be applied for longer payment periods.
  • In some cases, the payment plan can be renegotiated if a business goes deeper into financial distress.

How do I take advantage of the Employer Assistance Program?

To better serve you, call your L&I account manager in advance if you know you won't be able to make a quarterly premium payment.

To take advantage of the program:

  • Call L&I Employer Services at 360-902-4817.
  • Contact your revenue agent or the Collections Education & Outreach group at 1-800-301-1826 or by email at DialerCollections@Lni.wa.gov.
  • Call the L&I Small Business Liaison office at 1-800-987-0145, or contact them by e-mail at SmallBusiness@Lni.wa.gov.