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Published on Friday, May 5, 2017

Governor signs bill on worker compensation settlements

Governor Inslee signed HB 1755 regarding third party worker compensation settlements. HB 1755 was sponsored by Rep. Matt Manweller (R-Ellensburg). The bill addresses third party claims in worker compensation cases. Under the bill, the Department of Labor & Industries must provide reasonable ongoing notice to a State Fund employer of the status of any third party recovery compromise or settlement negotiations between the injured worker or beneficiary and the Department for the employer's information. Notice is not required if the claim costs are no longer included in determining the employer's experience factor, or if the employer cannot be located, is no longer in business, fails to respond, or requests not to receive ongoing notice.

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