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July 12, 1999

New law July 25 affects reciprocal agreements for workers' comp

TUMWATER - A new law that takes effect July 25 has modified the Department of Labor & Industries authority to enter into reciprocal agreements with other states and Canada for workers' compensation coverage.

The new law applies to all states and provinces that have reciprocal agreements with Washington. The requirement is the result of House Bill 1524 approved this year by the Washington Legislature.

Under the new law, out-of-state employers must secure workers' compensation coverage if:

  • A reciprocal agreement exists, and
  • That state's or Canada's law requires Washington employers to purchase coverage for that kind of work in the other state or Canada despite the agreement.

The law also applies to all employers, including those who self-insure their employees for workers' compensation coverage.

The law previously applied only to out-of-state construction contractors who did business in Washington.

Currently, Washington has reciprocal agreements with Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Nevada, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Washington is now reviewing its existing reciprocal agreements and renegotiating those that require it.

Additional information is available by contacting:

Tammy Turner
Classification Services, Department of Labor & Industries
PO Box 44148


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