PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
LABOR AND INDUSTRIES
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 296-17 WAC, General reporting rules, classifications, audit and recordkeeping, rates and rating system for workers compensation insurance.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 51.06.035 and 51.06.100.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Labor and industries is required by law to establish and maintain a workers' compensation classification plan that classifies all occupations or industries within the state and sets basic rates of premium for these classifications that are distributed fairly (RCW 51.16.035). The department has conducted a review of various classification and reporting rules and determined that certain rules are in need of revision, such as the ones that apply to door-to-door sales, mechanical harvesting of shellfish, agricultural fairs and shows, and farm and machinery dealers. The department proposes to create a new classification for home care service workers offered through home care quality authority at the request of the actuary and an additional classification for state government workers who perform administrative field work. Minor housekeeping changes will be made to several classifications.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: No other state, local or federal agency regulates this subject.
Process for Developing New Rule: Labor and industries will solicit input from the business community by way of direct mailings, the internet, and/or informal public meetings. Labor and industries will use this input to formulate proposed changes to the existing rules and advise customers of future rule making by direct mailing and/or the internet.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Labor and industries will mail letters with ideas on possible rule changes to affected employers. Employers will be encouraged to participate in the process to share ideas and/or attend meetings. Employers can obtain information on our process at the employer services web site www.lni.wa.gov/insuranceservices/employerservices and can submit comments electronically to Moom235@lni.wa.gov, phone (360) 902-4774, or fax (360) 902-4729.
January 17, 2006