Washington: Department proposes changes to rating system
The Department of Labor and Industries has proposed changes to Chapter 296-17 WAC, General Reporting Rules, Audit and Recordkeeping, Rates and Rating System, for Washington Workers' Compensation insurance; Retrospective Rating.
The proposed rule will describe how occupational disease claims are used in calculations for the retrospective rating program. The rulemaking proposes to add language to WAC 296-17-90445 regarding how occupational disease claims are included in retrospective rating adjustment calculations. The proposed language will explain how chargeable claim costs are assigned to retro and non-retro employers, and that claim costs not assigned to any employer will be eliminated from the retro processes through the calculation of the performance adjustment factor. This action is necessary to maintain the integrity of the retrospective rating system and to ensure that retro and non-retro employers are both paying their fair share of costs. Public hearings will be held in two locations: 1) Department of Labor & Industries, Tukwila Service Location, 12806 Gateway Drive, Tukwila, WA 98168 on Sept. 8, 2009, at 9:30 a.m.; and 2) Department of Labor & Industries, Tumwater Service Location, 7273 Linderson Way SW, Tumwater, WA 98501 on Sept. 8, 2009, at 1:30 p.m. The proposed rulemaking is available at http://lni.wa.gov/rules/AO09/13/0913CR102.pdf.
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August 31, 2009
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