WSR 17-13-103
[Filed June 20, 2017, 10:28 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: 2018 industrial insurance premium rates, chapter 296-17 WAC, General reporting rules, audit and recordkeeping, rates and rating system for Washington workers' compensation insurance and chapter 296-17B WAC, Retrospective rating for workers' compensation insurance.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 51.16.035, 51.04.020(1), and 51.18.010.
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, and to set premium rates that are: (1) The lowest necessary to maintain actuarial solvency of the accident and medical aid funds; and (2) designed to attempt to limit fluctuations in premium rates. The plan must be consistent with recognized principles of insurance. Labor and industries is also required by law to offer retrospective rating plans to employers as a further incentive to encourage workplace safety and prevent employee injury.
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: Premium rates for each classification are developed in part from the past loss experience of employers subject to the classification, changes in benefit levels mandated by law or court decisions, medical inflation, economic and business trends and financial markets. Labor and industries works with the workers' compensation advisory committee (WCAC) and retrospective rating advisory committee (RAC) as changes are developed. The public can participate in these discussions by attending the WCAC meetings. A schedule of these meetings is available at
The public can also participate in discussions of RAC. A schedule of meetings can be found at
Employers covered by labor and industries will receive notice of the proposed changes and public hearings.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Labor and industries is planning to hold formal public hearings in October and November 2017, in Everett, Spokane, Richland, Vancouver, Tukwila, and Tumwater.
Public hearings are anticipated to last until all public comments are received. Inquiries can be directed to Jo Anne Attwood, Classification Services, P.O. Box 44148, Olympia, WA 98504-4148, phone (360) 902-4777, fax (360) 902-4988, email
June 20, 2017
Joel Sacks