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296-15-027 Additional requirements for subsidiaries and acquisitions.

(1) What if an individual firm is a subsidiary of a corporation?

(a) If an individual self-insured firm has a parent (owner of fifty percent and/or having controlling financial interest), the parent must provide the department with its written guarantee, L&I form F207-040-000, to assume responsibility for all workers' compensation liabilities of the subsidiary if the subsidiary defaults on its liabilities.

(b) If a parent fails to provide a guarantee, the department will require the subsidiary to provide surety at one hundred twenty-five percent of its actual requirement. The subsidiary must continue to provide surety at the higher level as long as it has no parental guarantee.

(c) Certification of an individual self-insurer will include all of its subsidiaries (fifty percent owned and/or financial interest controlled by) or divisions doing business in Washington, as well as new acquisitions after certification becomes final. One certificate will be issued to an approved self-insurer. The subsidiaries or divisions will be considered one self-insurer for all industrial insurance purposes.

(2) What if a certified self-insurer is acquired by another entity?

(a) If it is an asset only acquisition, the certified self-insurer must surrender its certification and would retain the self-insurance liabilities and must continue to provide benefits. The new owner would be required to obtain industrial insurance coverage through the state fund. If the new owner wishes to become self-insured, it must meet the department's minimum requirements and submit an application according to the normal certification process.

(b) If the acquisition is a stock acquisition, the new owner must either provide a parental guarantee in accordance with WAC 296-15-024(4), or if it wishes to have the self-insurance certification transferred to the new parent organization, it must:

(i) Provide proof of financial capabilities by furnishing three years of audited financial statements; and

(ii) Furnish evidence of an acceptable claim administration program to oversee a self-insurance program; and

(iii) Demonstrate the existence of an acceptable accident prevention program covering all of its operations in Washington.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 51.04.020, 51.14.020, 51.32.190, 51.14.090, and 51.14.095. 06-06-066, § 296-15-027, filed 2/28/06, effective 4/1/06.]

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