WSR 18-20-103
[Filed October 2, 2018, 11:06 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 296-17A WAC, Classifications for Washington workers' compensation insurance.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 51.16.035.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Chapter 296-17A WAC establishes and maintains the classifications employers are required to use to report and pay their industrial insurance premiums.
The department intends to review this chapter and make revisions to:
Correct typographical and other errors (such as invalid telephone numbers and out-of-date references);
Revise wording and formatting to make the rules easier to understand and apply; and
Incorporate and formalize existing agency practices (such as expressly including in a risk classification employment that the department currently includes by interpretation or analogy).
The purpose of this rule making is not to make substantive changes to how the department classifies employment, but to review and revise the classification plan to ensure it is clear and understandable. These changes will not change the way we calculate employer rates, our reporting requirements, or how we classify businesses.
As part of this rule making, the department also intends to review this chapter as required by SSB 5679 (chapter 30, Laws of 2013 2nd sp. sess.) to make changes where possible to reduce the regulatory burden on employers insured with the state fund.
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 workers' compensation rates.
Process for Developing New Rule: The department of labor and industries will solicit input from the business community by way of email, direct mailing, and from public meetings. Interested parties may participate by commenting before proposals are made, by testifying at the public hearing, or by providing comment after the proposal is made.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting James Vest, P.O. Box 44148, Olympia, WA 98504-4148, phone 360-902-4799, fax 360-902-4180, email, web site
October 2, 2018
Joel Sacks