State proposes 0.7 percent rate increase in workers’ comp

The state is proposing an increase in workers’ compensation rates, but it’s a small one.

Rates would rise an average of 0.7 percent under a proposal from the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries.

Employers and workers in the state pay into a compensation system to cover people who suffer work-related injuries or illnesses. The agency looks at a variety of factors, including expected workers’ compensation payouts, to set the rates each year.

According to a news release, the increase would cost employers an average of about $10 more a year per employee. Workers on average will not see an increase in what they pay. In recent years the state rate increases were around 2 percent.

The agency will have a series of public hearings on the proposed rates. The closest one to Whatcom County will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Everett Community College in Everett. Information can be found at lni.wa.gov/rates.

Dave Gallagher: 360-715-2269, @BhamHeraldBiz