AGC Skeptical of 19 Percent Workers' Comp Hike

Last week the Department of Labor and Industries revealed to its Workers Comp Advisory Committee that the workers comp system faces a $3.1 billion gap in funding. Eliminating that gap would require a 19% annual surcharge over and above annual break-even premium increases over the next ten years....
Posted on: 06/26/2012

New Record for AGC Retro Three-Year Refunds

AGC Retro received the highest combined three-year Retro refunds ever of $34529551 - bringing the refunds to date at $148 million! AGC Retro members joined together at recent events around the state to celebrate their shared success in decreasing injuries improving safety in construction and hel...
Posted on: 06/05/2012

Workers' Comp Improvements Passed by Legislature

This week the Legislature finally ended a months-long impasse and passed reforms of the workers’ compensation system.  The Governor is expected to sign the bill into law. “On balance we have a package of changes that while not perfect will help improve the workers’ comp system’s financial condit...
Posted on: 05/24/2011

Click to Avoid L&I Subcontractor Workers' Comp Assessments

By John Ahlers Ahlers & Cressman PLLC The Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) imposes assessments against general contractors for unpaid industrial insurance premiums owed by their subcontractors under RCW 51.12.070. This concept is known as “prime contractor liability.” ...
Posted on: 04/26/2011

Call to Action: Tell Legislature to Vote on Workers' Comp Reform

Last week AGC members sent nearly 500 messages to legislative leaders urging them to bring ESB 5566 legislation that provides a flexible benefit option for workers to voluntarily settle workers’ comp claims up for a vote. But we need more messages! If you haven’t yet click Workers’ Comp Action...
Posted on: 04/13/2011

Voluntary Settlement Option for Workers' Comp Blocked by Rep. Sells

Last week it was good news bad news for workers’ comp reform particularly the effort to have Washington join 44 other states in allowing volunteer settlements as an alternative to lifetime pensions for certain injured workers. The good news is that the Department of Labor and Industries released...
Posted on: 03/29/2011

Where are We on Workers' Comp Reform?

About half way through the 2011 State Legislative session the fate of workers’ comp reform remains unclear. AGC and the broader business community continue to push for comprehensive reform that includes a tighter definition of occupational disease and allows voluntary settlements for claims. Me...
Posted on: 03/01/2011

Positive Workers' Comp and Unemployment Insurance News from Olympia (Really!)

by David DHondt AGC Executive Vice President After years of urging state leaders to address the state’s burdensome workers’ comp and unemployment systems the construction industry received some welcome positive news from Olympia this week. On Tuesday the Governor announced policy changes that i...
Posted on: 01/07/2011

AGC Calls for Reform to Combat 20+ Percent Workers' Comp Increases

AGC members and staff strenuously protested the workers’ compensation premium increases of 23-41 percent for the construction industry in 2011 during a public comment period that ended today. In addition to making the case that dramatic increases will be one more drag on the industry that has yet...
Posted on: 01/04/2011

AGC Calls for Legislative Reform to Combat Workers' Comp Increases

AGC members and staff strenuously protested the workers’ compensation premium increases of 23-41 percent for the construction industry in 2011 during a public comment period that ended today. L&I recently announced an average increase for all businesses of 12 percent but the actual increase ...
Posted on: 01/04/2011

Proposed 16 Percent Workers' Comp Increase Highlights Need for Reform

AGC reasserted its call for reform of the state’s workers’ compensation insurance system in light of the huge premium increase announced by the Department of Labor and Industries. “Economists are saying that 2011 could be the year that the state’s construction economy turns around” said AGC Exec...
Posted on: 11/16/2010

Miss the Workers' Comp Webinar? It's Now Online

On June 8 around 100 representatives of at least 50 AGC member firms participated in a webinar discussing the impact of proposed Initiative 1082 which seeks to allow private insurance carriers to offer workers’ compensation insurance to Washington’s employers. The presenters discussed the Initiat...
Posted on: 06/29/2010

Letter from the AGC President: Workers' Comp Initiative

By Tom Zamzow As you know an initiative (I-1082) has been filed that would allow private carriers to sell workers’ comp insurance in Washington. This is a significant issue for the construction industry and it is also a complex one. Even though the initiative seems straightforward enough – all...
Posted on: 06/15/2010

Important Notice! Webinar to discuss Workers' Comp Initiative I-1082

This webinar will be your opportunity to hear more about Initiative 1082 which will be on the November ballot. I-1082 would allow private insurers to provide workers’ comp coverage in Washington State. The webinar produced exclusively for AGC by the Property Casualty Insurers Association of Ame...
Posted on: 06/04/2010

Recap of Workers' Comp Initiative Deliberations

AGC’s deliberations regarding I-1082 the workers’ comp privatization initiative have stalled a bit pending a webinar on the topic by private insurance groups. The webinar is an important element of the deliberations as it would shed more light on what a three-way (private carriers L&I and se...
Posted on: 05/25/2010

Meeting for Self-Insured Firms to Discuss Potential Workers' Comp Initiative

Self-insured AGC members are invited to meet Tuesday April 20 1-2:30 p.m. AGC offices in Seattle to discuss the potential impacts of the proposed “three way” workers’ comp insurance initiative. Led by Lori Daigle VP for Risk Management for Sellen Construction and Chair of the Business Regulation...
Posted on: 04/14/2010

Share Your Views on Possible Workers' Comp Initiative via New Blog

With a potential initiative that could open the state’s workers’ comp system to private carriers the time is right for an industry discussion on the merits and impact of a “three way” system (state private carriers self insurance). Please share your views and expertise with others particularly t...
Posted on: 03/30/2010

Webinar to Discuss Workers' Comp Packages and Premiums from Other States

AGC continues to gather members’ input on a potential workers’ comp ballot initiative to create a “three way” system (state plan private options self-insurance). Meetings have been held in Seattle and Bellingham with Yakima and Tacoma coming up. Meanwhile to provide members with more informatio...
Posted on: 03/30/2010

Self Insured Members: Meeting to Discuss Potential Workers' Comp Initiative

As part of the process to gather member input AGC members who are self-insured are invited to meet and discuss the potential workers comp ballot initiative as there very likely will be impacts on self-insured firms. The date and time have not been set but if you are interested in participating i...
Posted on: 03/30/2010

Workers' Comp Reform Appears Dead; Legislature Offers More Study

Workers’ compensation reform legislation backed by AGC and a broad business coalition appears to be dead for this legislative session bottled up by Rep. Steve Conway in his House Commerce and Labor Committee. (For previous article on the reform bill click here.) As discouraging as this is the “c...
Posted on: 02/09/2010

Pressure Mounts for Workers' Comp Reform; Conway Still Says No

Public pressure for movement on the workers’ compensation reform bill supported by AGC continues to grow but an important legislative cut-off date looms. The House Commerce and Labor Committee has refused to even hold a hearing; on the Senate side Lori Carlson Daigle Senior Vice President and Ris...
Posted on: 02/02/2010

L&I Confirms 7.6 Percent Workers' Comp Increase; Reform Battle Looms

The Department of Labor & Industries announced Nov. 30 that the proposed 7.6 percent average increase in workers’ compensation insurance premiums will indeed take effect January 1 2010. The increased rate remains unchanged from the amount originally proposed by the Department in October desp...
Posted on: 12/08/2009

Workers' Comp Release Takes Effect for Retainage on Public Work

L&I can now collect unpaid workers’ comp premiums from the retainage funds kept by a public agency on most prevailing wage projects. Upon completion of a contract over $35000 the new law requires the public agency that contracted the project to notify both L&I and the state Department of...
Posted on: 12/08/2009

Workers' Comp Rate Increase \Takes the Wind Out of Our Sails\

Several AGC members (see list below) took the time to testify at hearings around the state regarding the proposed increase in workers’ comp rates. These members protested this increase during such difficult economic times and called for major reforms of the system. “There is no good time for an...
Posted on: 11/09/2009

Workers' Comp Tax Increase and Reform: Your Help Needed

AGC strongly encourages members to attend and provide testimony at upcoming hearings regarding the proposed workers’ comp tax increase. The proposed 7.6% increase is an average for all employers. Rates vary by classification and firms’ EMR so your rate could be considerably different (and highe...
Posted on: 10/13/2009