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Nov 2010

Stop-Work Orders For Employers Not Paying Workers' Comp.

Employers dodging workers’ compensation premiums can expect to face significant new consequences from the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). As of November 10, 2010, any construction firm caught with workers, but no current L&I workers’ compensation account, can be served a Stop Work Order (SWO).
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L&I Proposes 12% Rate Hike For Comp. Premiums

The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) today announced a 12 percent average increase in workers’ compensation insurance premiums. Average premiums would go up by 6.5 cents per hour worked.
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Seattle Times Urges Workers' Comp Reform

The Seattle Times says Washington should reform its workers' compensation system.

The rejection of Initiative 1082 does not mean the Legislature keep its workers' compensation insurance as is. The system needs to be reformed and made more efficient.

BY rejecting Initiative 1082, voters said they want the sale of workers' compensation insurance to remain in the hands of the state. The Legislature is still free to reform the program, and it should do so.
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Initiative 1082 Defeated 59% to 41%

Washington State voters rejected the initiative to privatize the state's workers' compensation program currently run by L&I. Had the measure passed employers would have had the choice to buy workers' compensation insurance from a private insurance company or continue their coverage through L&I.

The initiative was defeated 59.02% (1,379,175 votes) to 40.98% (957,433 votes).
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