News for L&I
On June 7, 2018, the Equal-Pay Opportunity Act (EPOA) went into effect, making updates to the Washngton State Equal Pay Act of 1943.
Posted on: 12/04/2018
The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has proposed a decrease for 2019 in workers-comp rates, averaging 5%. For construction-risk classes, the range looks to be between a 5% and 17% reduction.
Posted on: 09/20/2018
As it is required to do every February and August, the Department of Labor and Industries has posted new prevailing wages, and among them are some significant changes.
Posted on: 08/29/2018
The Department of Labor and Industries has announced its intention to conduct rulemaking on the executive, administrative, professional (EAP), and outside sales person exemption to Minimum Wage Act rules under WAC 296-128.
Posted on: 08/13/2018
The Department of Labor and Industries is in the process of updating rules regarding exemptions to the minimum-wage act (MWA) which exempts executive, administrative and professional (EAP) workers.
Posted on: 07/02/2018
The Department of Labor and Industries is planning wage and hour surveys to establish prevailing-wage rates for several trades. The surveys will be carried out over the next 12 months and will be used to establish prevailing-wage rates in all 39 counties.
Posted on: 11/01/2017
At the urging of AGC, key legislators pressured L&I to reduce the amount of time the department had been taking to complete its share of the retainage release process.
Posted on: 10/10/2017
The average amount employers pay for workers' compensation insurance in Washington would drop 2.5 percent in 2018 under a proposal from L&I.
Posted on: 09/26/2017
The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries recently launched the option for contractors to upload payroll records on public works projects to create certified payroll reports.
Posted on: 07/10/2017
L&I has announced that contractors have a completely redesigned system that makes it easier to meet requirements on public works projects.
Posted on: 06/05/2017
Last November, when voters passed Initiative 1433, commonly known as the minimum-wage initiative, they were also approving a provision in I-1433 that requires employers to provide paid sick leave.
Posted on: 02/14/2017
The Department of Labor and Industries recently announced the launch of new features for the Prevailing Wage Intent & Affidavit (PWIA).
Posted on: 02/14/2017
The rate paid for workers’ compensation coverage in Washington would rise by an average of 0.7 percent next year under a proposal released by L&I...
Posted on: 10/03/2016
Do you know what to do if an employee is injured at your workplace in Washington State?
Posted on: 03/09/2016
Washington State's Department of Labor and Industries has just released important new rulings for the construction industry.
Posted on: 01/22/2016
The Department of Labor and Industries proposed a two percent average increase in workers’ comp rates for next year.
Posted on: 10/13/2015
The DOL now says carpenters construction workers and electricians may be misclassified as independent contractors and that most workers are employees.
Posted on: 08/25/2015
L&I is proposing an average 1.8 percent rate increase for 2015 workers’ compensation premiums. The increase comes out to about 1 cent per hour worked. Proposed rates differ considerably by construction job classification. For example the Concrete Work - Foundations and Flatwork classification...
Posted on: 09/29/2014
Bayley Construction is Washingtons first construction company to achieve the states START designation. “We are really proud of this recognition as we always want to be the best that we can be -- and safety goes right along with that” says Ron Bayley Chairman and CEO. Both Bayley’s corporate offic...
Posted on: 03/03/2014
Premiums for workers’ compensation insurance next year will increase for the first time in three years the Department of Labor and Industries announced this week. The average 2.7-percent rate increase for 2014 premiums is an increase of less than two cents per hour worked. L&I confirmed the ...
Posted on: 12/02/2013
The Washington Department of Labor and Industries is implementing an AGC of Washington program to help train L&I’s Division of Occupational Safety & Health (DOSH) field staff in construction processes. AGC’s Introduction to Construction Methods Practices & Processes class helps new DO...
Posted on: 10/21/2013
The Department of Labor and Industries published a new resource on the top 25 hazardous industries in Washington as ranked by the prevention Index. The data spans a five year window and looks at the most hazardous NAICS codes in Washington based on the formula of #of claims/10000 full-time equiv...
Posted on: 01/22/2013
L&I has established its first-ever medical provider network to deliver health care to injured workers in Washington state. Effective January 1 workers who suffer a job-related injury or illness can see any provider for their first visit to a doctor’s office or an emergency room but for ongoin...
Posted on: 01/04/2013
A significant proposed change from last years directive is that failure to train employees as required under the rule will be considered a serious rather than a general violation with increased fines. Click L&I Heat Stress for details.
Posted on: 05/12/2009
Thanks to quick action by AGC members and Government Affairs staff the Department of Labor and Industries has agreed to suspend a requirement that private project wage information be reported in Certified Payroll Reports. On March 31 L&I emailed an announcement to contractors requiring that ...