WSR 15-16-132
[Filed August 5, 2015, 11:14 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Creating an exception process to the current rule governing the enrollment of commonly-owned businesses in retrospective rating, WAC 296-17B-770.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 51.18.010.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Certain rules of the retrospective rating program (retro) require commonly-owned businesses in the same industry category to all be enrolled in retro if any one account wishes to be enrolled. Through the retro advisory committee, several retro groups have petitioned the department to undertake rule making to amend this "all or nothing" rule. The department accepted the petition and initiated rule making (CR-101 filed on November 5, 2013, under WSR 13-22-071). As indicated, the department discussed possible changes to WAC 296-17B-770 with the petitioners, other retro participants, the retro advisory committee, and department staff. To date, there is general agreement on the concept of an exception process and on exception criteria. Based on this input, the department has decided to undertake pilot rule making to gain practical experience administering an exception process, evaluate the exception criteria categories and descriptions, assess the needs of retro participants, and ensure conformance with the purpose of the authorizing statute.
With stakeholder input, the department developed pilot rule language. Under this pilot, commonly-owned employers who volunteer to participate in the pilot will be able to apply for an exception from current requirements under WAC 296-17B-770. The pilot program will begin with the enrollment effective October 1, 2015, and will continue through the enrollment effective July 1, 2017, unless terminated sooner by the department. The exceptions granted are effective throughout the applicable twelve month retro coverage period or as otherwise specified. Upon completion, the pilot program results will be considered in developing possible proposed rule language.
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: Pilot rule making.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. For information about requirements, you may contact Julie Osterberg, Financial Incentive Coordinator, or Tim Smolen, Retrospective Rating Program Manager, You can find a link to more information on the pilot rules on the Retro Program Rules Page
August 5, 2015
Joel Sacks