Days After I-1082 is Defeated, Washington's Dept. of Labor & Industries Increases Worker's Compensation Rates by 12%

Initiative I-1082 would have allowed competition for the Washington state-run monopoly that provides employers with industrial insurance for the workers injured on the job. It appears that L&I played politics with our tax dollars; it waited until after the November 2, 2010 election to increase worker’s compensation rates. Six days after the elections, L&I announced a 12% average increase in Worker’s Compensation insurance premiums. The new rates take effect January 1, 2011, under an emergency rule that is effective for 120 days. L&I is holding public hearings in Spokane and Tacoma on January 4, 2011 to gather comments about the proposed increase before adopting permanent rates.

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