Washington Employers

Extraterritorial coverage

Extraterritorial reporting rules

WAC 296-17-35203(8) (app.leg.wa.gov) applies to states without reciprocal agreements with Washington.

Washington employers don't need to pay premium to L&I for out-of-state work, if they meet all of these requirements:

  • Have workers in that state for more than 30 days in a calendar year (January 1 through December 31).
  • Complete application for Out-of-State Supplemental Reporting.
  • Insure the workers out of state and provide L&I with proof of this coverage (issued by the out-of-state insurer).
  • Report all of out-of-state work to L&I on supplemental reports (no premium).
  • Maintain all of the necessary reporting records.

Reciprocal Agreements

WAC 296-17-31009 (app.leg.wa.gov) includes copies of the reciprocal agreements Washington has with other states. Currently there are reciprocal agreements with eight other states. These agreements are contracts that govern workers compensation requirements between the states:

  • The agreements allow Washington employers to take their workers temporarily into the reciprocal states without purchasing workers' compensation coverage out of state.
  • The reciprocal agreements vary and may have exclusions. You should review the agreement or call your account manager if you aren't familiar with its provisions before you take your workers out of state.
  • You should request a certificate of workers' compensation coverage be mailed to the reciprocal state you're taking your workers to, before you start working out of state.

Certificates of workers' compensation coverage

For certificates of workers' compensation coverage contact:

Washington Department of Labor & Industries
PO Box 44140
Olympia WA 98504-4140
  • Phone: 360-902-4817
  • Fax: 360-902-4729

List of states that have reciprocal agreements with Washington

  • Idaho.
  • Montana.
  • Nevada.
  • North Dakota.
  • Oregon.
  • South Dakota.
  • Utah.
  • Wyoming.

Additional information

For more information about out-of-state reporting:

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