WA - L&I Plans Meetings to Discuss Premium Rates
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The Washington Department of Labor and Industries announced that two advisory committees will discuss possible changes to premium rates later this year, and the department will hold formal rule-making hearings in October and November to discuss 2019 rate proposals.
The department said in a Tuesday statement of inquiry that it is required by law to establish and maintain a workers’ compensation classification plan and to set premiums at the lowest amount needed to maintain actuarial solvency, and limit year-to-year fluctuations in rates.
Premium rates for each ...
NV - Sweep Finds 18% of Employers Without Coverage
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The Nevada Workers’ Compensation Section said a recent “educational outreach sweep” found 18% of employers were operating without coverage.
WCS said in the summer edition of the Nevada Workers’ Compensation Chronicle that investigators visited more than 179 employers over a three-hour period, asking for proof of work comp coverage.
Those who did not have coverage received “a courtesy warning” and were subjected to a follow-up investigation three weeks later.
WCS said 14% of employers complied with the requirement to carry workers’ compensation ...
NY - Schumer Wants Benefits for Widow of 9/11 Worker
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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer has called on the New York Workers’ Compensation Board to grant death benefits to the widow of a state trooper who developed pancreatic cancer after working at the site of the September 2001 terrorist attack.
In a statement on Friday, Schumer asked WCB to quickly review and approve benefits for Audra Lakeman of Lockport, New York. Lakeman’s husband, New York State Trooper Lawrence Lakeman, was among as many as 4,000 members of the state police who were sent to Manhattan in the wake of the attack on the World Trade Center.
Lawrence Lakeman worked at Groun...
WA - L&I Offering Grants for Safety, Return-to-Work Projects
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The Washington Department of Labor and Industries is accepting applications for annual grants that can be used to develop training courses, purchase equipment or implement strategies to protect workers and make workplaces safer.
L&I said it will accept applications for the Safety and Health Investment Projects grant program through Sept. 21. Employers who qualify for grants can receive up to $175,000 to develop workplace safety programs. Employers who receive grant money are expected to complete projects within 18 months.
“Grants are also available for projects that develop new way...