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Tag: Department of Labor and Industries


Workers comp audit should set off alarms

This editorial will appear in Wednesday’s print edition.

The state Department of Labor and Industries didn’t endear itself to the business community last year when it announced a 7.6 percent average increase in workers’ compensation premiums.

The rate hike – critics called it a $117 million tax on employment and a major threat to competitiveness – prompted fresh calls to reform the system that assists injured workers and their families.

Expect those calls to intensify in the wake of a state audit suggesting that Washington’s workers’ compensation fund is in worse shape than originally thought.

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