L&I hosts webinars on Equal-Pay Opportunity Act

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

Proposed decrease in 2019 workers'-comp rates

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

Changes in prevailing wage rates to take effect Aug. 31

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

L&I working on new overtime rules; comments welcome

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

Comment on L&I’s upcoming rulemaking on overtime, minimum-wage exemptions

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

L&I planning wage surveys for several trades including truck drivers, site surveyors

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

L&I cuts retainage release time in half

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

L&I proposes 2.5% decrease in workers’ comp rates; AGC seeks reforms

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

L&I says contractors can now submit certified payrolls electronically

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 says new system makes it easier to meet requirements

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

Paid sick leave: What contractors need to know

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

L&I announces improvements to intent and affidavits reporting and tracking

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

L&I proposes workers’-comp rate increase for 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

L&I releases video on record-keeping and reporting

Do you know what to do if an employee is injured at your workplace in Washington State?
Posted on: 03/09/2016

New L&I rulings on lead, confined spaces, OSHA penalty values and more

Washington State's Department of Labor and Industries has just released important new rulings for the construction industry.
Posted on: 01/22/2016

L&I proposes 2 percent average increase in workers’-comp rates for 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

Is your subcontractor an 'independent contractor?' GCs could be at risk.

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 proposes 1.8% workers' comp rate increase for 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 achieves L&I's first START designation for construction

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

Workers' Comp Rates will Increase 2.7% in 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

AGCWA Construction-Processes Class Helps Train DOSH Staff

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

Valuable Info Within L&I Report

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

New L&I Medical Network Underway

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

L&I Issues Draft Heat Stress Implementation Directive

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

L&I Suspends Certified Payroll Requirements After Contractors Raise Concerns

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 ...
Posted on: 04/15/2009