PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
LABOR AND INDUSTRIES
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 296-15 WAC, Workers' compensation self insurance rules and regulations,
this chapter governs employers who are permitted to self-insure their workers' compensation obligation pursuant to Title 51 RCW. This filing includes modifications to existing sections regarding financial requirements for an employer to become certified to self-insure.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 51.04.020, 51.14.020, 51.32.190, 51.14.090, and 51.14.095.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: In response to a request from stakeholders, the department has agreed to review and possibly modify our current minimum financial requirements for an employer to become self-insured. The department will also correct clerical errors in WAC 296-15-024 and 296-15-027.
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 work with representatives of the labor and self-insured employer communities on all changes to the self insurance regulations. A public hearing will be held in Tumwater after the proposal is filed.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Jean M. Vanek, Department of Labor and Industries, Self Insurance Section, P.O. Box 44890, Olympia, WA 98504-4890, phone (360) 902-6907, fax (360) 902-6977, Vanj235@Lni.wa.gov.
July 17, 2007