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Published on Friday, November 9, 2012

Update on Workers’ Comp Rates

While the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) reported there would be no general workers’ compensation rate increase for 2013, it is important to note that the 0% rate increase is an average. Some base rates will increase while others will decrease. The base rates chart by risk classification can be downloaded from L&I’s website.

According to L&I director Judy Schurke, reforms adopted by the Legislature in 2011 enable the agency to keep those rates down for Washington’s employers and workers. Additionally, fewer claims in high-hazard industries are resulting in fewer long-term disabilities and the overall claim frequency has declined by 6.2%.

Cities should be aware that base rates for certain risk classifications, specifically police officers and fire fighters, have increased. For example, the baseline rate for salaried County and City Fire Fighter classification is a 9% rate increase. Your rates will be based on your claims experience and could be higher or lower than the proposed base rates.

Proposed base rates for other classifications include:

  • County and city law enforcement officers – 8% increase
  • Volunteer law enforcement officers – 6% increase
  • Cities office and admin employees – 0% percent change
Categories: Personnel