The Department of Labor and Industries has announced that it will increase average workers' compensation rates by 2 percent next year. (This is the same as what they proposed in September.) As the Association of Washington Business noted in September, this is "nearly double what the department needs to break even.”
L&I will continue to do its part to keep rates low while rebuilding the reserves. Our goal is to reduce costs an additional $35 to $70 million next year. We'll do this by improving medical care for injured workers, implementing initiatives to reduce delays in returning injured workers to work, streamlining claims management, improving workplace safety, and making it easier to do business with us.