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Nov 07, 2016

WASHINGTON: L&I proposes workers’ comp rate increase for 2017

Workers’ Comp 

Last week, the Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) proposed an average increase of 0.7 percent on workers’ compensation rates charged to employers.

L&I reviews rates every fall to ensure that they are sufficient to cover expected claim payouts, account for wage inflation, and appropriately build the contingency reserve fund. However, because 0.7 percent is an average, some risk class increases will be higher and some will be lower. A few industries with higher rates include:

  • Food processing = 1 percent increase
  • Wood products manufacturing = 5 percent increase
  • Metal manufacturing = 2 percent increase
  • Sawmills = 2 percent increase

Tips: L&I will be providing information and accepting comments during a series of statewide public hearings from October 26 to November 4, 2016. Hearing dates and locations are here, as well as information on the proposed rate tables. You can also reach out to Vigilant’s Retro Program Director, Trish Leimbach, at or 425-349-4477 for information about your 2017 premium rate change.

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