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L&I proposes 1.8 percent increase to workers’ compensation

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has proposed a 1.8 percent increase for 2015 workers’ compensation premiums.

The workers’ compensation program covers people who get hurt on the job. It is funded by employers and workers. Last year L&I covered more than 80,000 worker related injury and illness claims in the state, according to a L&I news release.

“This measured increase will help make sure we have a healthy workers’ compensation system that’s always ready to help workers when they need it,” said L&I Director Joel Sacks in the news release.

The agency said in the news release that it is using wage inflation as a benchmark to keep the compensation rates steady and predictable. Washington’s most recent wage inflation number is 2 percent.

L&I will host several public meetings across the state for residents who want to comment on the proposal. The Bellingham meeting will be held at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at Whatcom Community College. The public can also send comments by email or mail to Jo Anne Attwood at joanne.attwood@lni.wa.gov or P.O. Box 41448, Olympia, Wa. 98504-4148. Written comments must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 3.

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