The Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) is extending its deadline for cash-strapped employers to pay workers’ compensation premiums during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. As we previously reported, L&I established an Employer Assistance Program (EAP) to assist financially distressed businesses with 90-day grace periods or payment plans for workers’ compensation premiums, free of penalties or interest. The program moved the due date for first quarter (January-February-March) workers’ compensation premiums until July 31, 2020. Under L&I’s extension, employers in the EAP have until November 2, 2020, to pay their workers’ compensation premiums for the second quarter (April-May-June).
Tips: Even if you’re participating in the EAP and received a first quarter payment extension, you must separately apply for second quarter payment relief. For more information about the program and how to apply, visit L&I's Employer Assistance Program web page. If you currently use Vigilant’s workers’ comp claims management services, your Vigilant workers’ compensation team is also available to help.