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March 27, 1997

Proposal would allow reporting exemption for owners of drywall firms

TUMWATER - Emergency rules that will affect the owners of drywall businesses and create nine new reporting classifications will take effect April 1.

A reporting exemption for owners and the new classifications for determining premiums for workers' compensation coverage could become permanent July 1, 1997. The Department of Labor & Industries will hold a public hearing on the proposal at 10 a.m. May 22 at the Labor & Industries building in Tumwater.

Under the proposal, owners of drywall firms would be allowed to exclude materials that they themselves install. However, materials installed by their employees would be subject to reporting for premiums for workers' compensation coverage.

New rules that took effect Jan. 1, 1997, changed premium reporting from worker hours to the amount of drywall materials installed. This change was made to counter widespread under-reporting of worker hours within the drywall industry.

A Drywall Technical Advisory Committee set up by Labor & Industries has made the additional recommendations that owners of drywall firms be exempt from reporting and the creation of new classifications.

The new classifications were designed to provide greater equity for premium reporting.

For more information about the proposed changes and other rules that affect the drywall industry, contact:

Classification Services
Labor & Industries
360-902-4776

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