The department launched the employer assistance program last year in response to the poor economy. The program allows struggling businesses to extend payment of their workers' comp premiums to better manage their cash flow. The program was created after the DL&I discovered that more than half of the 13,000 employers delinquent with their workers' comp accounts had previously held stellar records of making their payments. Initially scheduled to last nine months, department officials announced that the program will continue due to the slow pace of the economic recovery.
"Like families across Washington, businesses have seen incomes drop but still have bills to pay," said Gov. Chris Gregoire.
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September 23, 2010
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