Workers' Comp Retro Program

Published on Sep 28, 2018

L&I 2019 proposed rates announced


On Wednesday, Labor & Industries (L&I) announced the statewide average proposed rate change in 2019 will be a 5% decrease. What does this mean to public entities? Not much.

In recent years, L&I’s announcement of rate changes has been good, and sometimes great for the statewide average and for our city public works departments. However, public safety has always seen an increase. 2019 is no exception.

What this means for municipalities

The good news is a 3% decrease for city public works & parks. This marks a decrease for the third year in a row. Firefighters will see a 6% increase (opposed to previous years that saw double-digit increases). Law enforcement is increasing 8%.

Base rates by worker type


% rate changes

3-year cumulative change

City public works & parks



County streets & parks



Police and sheriffs






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View a full listing of L&I’s proposed rate changes.

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