L&I proposes 2.7 percent rate increase in workers' comp premiums

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDSeptember 16, 2013 

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries is proposing a 2.7 percent rate increase for next year's workers' compensation premiums.

The increase would be less than 2 cents per hour worked. If approved, it would be L&I's first rate increase in three years, according to a news release from the agency.

A public hearing on the proposed increase is being held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Bellingham Public Library lecture room.

Comments about the proposed rates can be made at public hearings or in writing to: Doug Stewart, Employer Services Program Manager, P.O. Box 44140, Olympia, Wa. 98504-4140, or by email to Doug.Stewart@Lni.wa.gov.

More information is available at Rates.Lni.wa.gov. Final rates will be adopted in early December and go into effect Jan. 1, 2014.

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