Rules Under Development

General reporting rules, classifications, audit and recordkeeping, rates and rating system for Washington workers' compensation insurance

Chapter 296-17, WAC

All updates for this rule:

Misc. Classification and Reporting Changes (Chapters 296-17, Chapter 296-17A)

WAC chapters 296-17 and 296-17A establish how employers are required to report and pay industrial insurance premiums. The Department intends to review these chapters 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  • Correct typographical and other errors (such as invalid telephone numbers and out-of-date references),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 rulemaking is not to make substantive changes to how the Department classifies employment, but to review and revise its 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 rulemaking, the Department also intends to review these chapters as required by SSB 5679 (Chapter 30, 2013 Laws 2nd Special Session) to make changes where possible to reduce the regulatory burden on employers insured with the State Fund.723.

3/17/2015

PDF: Proposed Rulemaking (CR 102)

PDF: Proposed Rule Language

1/20/2015

PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

2015 Rates (Chapters 296-17, Chapter 296-17B WAC)

The Department has adopted a rule that amends the tables of classification base premium rates, experience rating plan parameters, experience modification factor calculation limitations and retrospective rating plan size groupings for the workersí compensation insurance program for calendar year 2015. Classification base rates were amended for updated loss and payroll experience. The department is adopting a 0.8 percent overall average premium rate increase. The Departmentís decision to increase overall rates is intended to ensure adequate premiums to cover expected losses for 2015 claims and to continue rebuilding the trust fundsí contingency reserves to adequate levels. Washington law provides that rates should be adjusted annually to reflect the hazards of each industry and in accordance with recognized workersí compensation insurance principles. The adopted language goes into effect on January 1, 2015.709.

12/1/2014

PDF: Adoption (Rule-Making Order CR-103)

PDF: Adopted Rule Language

10/30/2014

Public Hearing

10/28/2014

Public Hearing

10/27/2014

Public Hearing

10/24/2014

Public Hearing

10/23/2014

Public Hearing

10/22/2014

Public Hearing

9/16/2014

PDF: Proposed Rulemaking (CR 102)

PDF: Proposed Rule Language

6/17/2014

PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

2015 Classifications Updates (Chapters 296-17, WAC 296-17A WAC)

The Department adopting rules that amend the following four specific areas:

  • Rules applicable to the classification and reporting of professional sports teams (WAC 296-17-35203(1), 296-17A-6706, 296-17A-6707, 296-17A-6809, and 296-17A-7102);
  • Rules applicable to the classification of employers operating spas (WAC 296-17A-6109, 296-17A-6204, and 296-17A-6501);
  • Rules applicable to the classification of reforestation employment (WAC 296-17A-1007, 296-17A-5004, and 296-17A-5006); and
  • Rules applicable to the classification of farming operations (WAC 296-17A-4802 through 296-17A-4813).
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1/6/2015

PDF: Adoption (Rule-Making Order CR-103)

PDF: Adopted Rule Language

9/12/2014

Public Hearing

9/12/2014

Comments Due

7/22/2014

PDF: Proposed Rulemaking (CR 102)

PDF: Proposed Rule Language

5/6/2014

PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

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